Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. Remember, if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.
Joanne Martin, an 18-year-old pupil from Possilpark, rated the second most deprived district in Scotland. After attending the local secondary school, Joanne gained enough academic qualifications to study medicine at four of Scotland’s leading universities. Her mother, who worked as a cleaner, did not earn enough to purchase her daughter expensive lessons from a maths tutor. She was rejected by all of them. Eventually, one of them consented to let her in, but only after she had added an Open University course to her CV. She should have been embraced by every one of those universities. Her grades were achieved without the expensive little accoutrements and advantages that rich parents and a private education routinely get you. As such, Joanne’s qualifications were worth more than those gained by one of her competitors from St Aloysius or Hutcheson’s. That these schools are exempt from tax owing to their charitable status turns a wretchedly unfair situation into a grotesque one.
Deprived student’s can achieve with the OU
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.
Free course on work and mental health
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