The OU is pleased to congratulate its students, who have achieved honours in a global undergraduate competition.
The Undergraduate Awards (UA) Programme is the world's largest international academic awards programme, and 27 OU students have achieved honours in the 2017 awards. The UA programme recognises innovation and excellence at undergraduate level.
For the first time this year The Open University has been affiliated to the UA Programme. The UA received 6472 papers and from these, some 27 OU students were Highly Commended.
Inspiring and improving the Healthcare Sector
One, Charlotte Gatherer, was announced as a regional winner for Europe in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare category
Charlotte, 27, who graduated with a BSc in Science last year, won for her paper concerning child and adolescent mental health. The full title is:
Trouble at the Interface: an exploration into how a Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health facility manages young people who require transition to adult mental health services.
Charlotte said: "I was delighted to receive this award. It was a piece of work that I felt incredibly passionate about and it is an honour to have my efforts recognised. Hopefully it will inspire future work in the area and ultimately improve the experience of services for patients.
“I would like to thank my OU tutors who provided valuable insight and guidance throughout my course.
I appreciated the flexibility of the degree which allowed me to focus on areas of personal interest. I gained valuable knowledge through my time with the OU which I will take forward into my future career.
The top 10% of papers in each of the 25 categories are Highly Commended. Top papers from each region are named the Regional Winners and, just one paper from each category is named the UA Global Winner.
The 27 Highly Commended students were from a diverse spread of schools Art History and Theory, Business, Classical Studies and Archaeology, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, Philosophy, Psychology and Social Sciences: Sociology and Social Policy.
Regional Winners receive a certificate, listed in UA Journal as regional winners and are also invited to UA Global Summit along with The Global winners and Highly Commended.
Jonathan Wylie, Director, Academic Services said: “I am delighted to congratulate our students for achieving success in this international field. I am proud that so many of our students’ efforts have been recognised in this way.
Studying as a part-time undergraduate can be demanding and so to show innovation and creativity in this way is a tremendous feat. Their achievement is also a tribute to the attentive and thorough teaching provided by our lecturing staff here at The Open University. These awards are a credit to them too.”
Dr Brenda Cullen, Executive Director, The Undergraduate Awards, said: “It is an immense achievement for undergraduate students to benchmark their work globally. To be recognised for their creativity and innovative approach within their discipline can only propel them to become global thinkers and potential change-makers. We are very appreciative of the support of the global academic community who work closely with The Undergraduate Awards to identify these impressive students.