02 Aug 2012

OU Academic declared President Elect of the British Society of Gerontology

Shelia Peace, Professor of Social Gerontology has been declared President Elect of the British Society of Gerontology. She will take up office in the summer of 2014.

Sheila is a long term member of the BSG who was nominated by the Society to service as an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2009. She said, "I am delighted to be able to 'give something back' to the Society through further encouraging the multidisciplinary understanding of ageing and acting as a conduit for the dissemination of research opinion both nationally and internationally. It will be a great opportunity as we recognise the complex issues for our ageing society."

Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Jeremy Roche said, “This is a very well deserved recognition of Sheila’s outstanding and pioneering contribution to social gerontology over many years”

The British Society of Gerontology (BSG) is the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to providing knowledge and learning on aging and later life. With over 400 members, the BSG is active in raising the profile of aging, drawing attention to its social, economic and policy implications - bringing together researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, students and older people.

The Society holds an annual conference which attracts international delegates as well as national participants and is a prime opportunity to meet and network with like-minded colleagues. Its online newsletter –Generations Review, was instrumental in the establishment of Ageing and Society – one of the premier peer-reviewed journals in the field.

Notes to editors

The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.7 million students and has more than 264,000 current students, including 18,000 overseas.
The OU has been one of the top three UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2010/11 it had a 93 per cent satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.
In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.
Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 21 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded over 50 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Life, Coast, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.

Health Education and Training (HEAT)
HEAT is an accelerated and scalable Healthcare Education and Training programme for frontline healthcare workers, providing them with vital healthcare skills and enabling them to stay living and working in their communities while learning. The programme launched in Ethiopia in 2011, with £4m UNICEF funding and in close partnership with the Ethiopian Government, the World Health Organisation and AMREF. Discussions are now underway to replicate the model across sub-Saharan Africa, helping the region reach and train the 1 million additional health workers needed to reach its Millennium Development Goals.

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