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Ms Rehana Awan

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Professional biography

Currently, I am Staff Tutor for Open and Access, which means I look after the Open Programme, Open Modules ('Open Boxes') and Y032 People, work and society. I am also SST lead for the Open Programme. I joined the OU in September 2008 working as a Regional Coordinator on Openings in the Centre for Widening Participation based in East Grinstead (R13). When the region closed, I became an Access as a Presentation Manager, supporting the Head of Curriculum; as a Senior Manager in AL Support and Professional Development and I have also worked supporting students and ALs on the Open Programme as a Manager, Communications and Engagement. Before joining the OU I worked in a local Further Education College, for several years, as the Head of Teacher Training and Access and, prior to that I worked in industry in training and management development. I am an AL on DD102 Introducing the Social Sciences and have also tutored on Y032, People, work and society. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA). 

I am a doctoral researcher exploring the degree awarding gaps at the OU and have set up a COP for all PGRs looking at important issue.




Research interests

I am interested in inequalities in education, particularly race and the degree awarding gaps, online teacher development and multidisciplinary study.

Teaching interests

Access, Social sciences, and educational development/teaching.


How do we talk about race…and mental health? (2021-12-09)
Butcher, John; Awan, Rehana and Gray, Darren
Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 23(3) (pp. 147-162)

Preparing school leavers transitioning to online higher education: a case study (2021)
Awan, Rehana and Robson, Linda
In : AdvanceHE Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 (6-8 Jul 2021, Virtual)

Using technology to support team-working skills for effective groups: the development of tools and spaces (2017-11-21)
Awan, Rehana
In : 22nd Annual SEDA Conference Developing Teaching Excellence: Supporting and Developing the Work of Groups and Teams (16-17 Nov 2017, Cardiff, Wales)

Digital development – experiences offering staff development using the student’s online learning environment [Oral presentation] (2014)
Awan, Rehana and Robson, Linda
In : HEA annual teaching and learning conference (2 Jul 2014, Birmingham)

Exploring the highs and lows of developing, organising and running an online conference for the CPD of lecturers
Awan, Rehana and Robson, Linda
In : 19th Annual SEDA conference (13-14 Nov 2013, Nottingham)

The awarding gap at the Open University (2020-12-21)
Awan, Rehana
OpenLearn Race and Ethnicity Hub