Student and staff mental wellbeing has attracted a great deal of attention and concern in recent years. This has contributed to an improved understanding of the positive impact that higher education can have on student wellbeing through universities and colleges official mental health provision, but also through the curriculum in what is taught, and where and how students learn, in how we assess and give feedback, how we guide student interaction, and how academic departments and student support services can best work in partnership with each other.
This focus on student wellbeing has been very welcome, but it is generally accepted there has not been a similar emphasis on, and support for, staff wellbeing. Staff wellbeing is of courses essential in enhancing the learning environment for students, but above all staff wellbeing is important as an end in itself especially at a time when higher education remains an extraordinarily challenging sector to work in with staff anxiety and stress increasing year on year.
This symposium, by way of a keynote session, participant-led presentations and workshops and a closing plenary, will offer insights and solutions in how to better understand the barriers to staff wellbeing and how individuals and institutions can affect the sustainable change necessary for a genuinely whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Who should attend?
This event is for HE lecturers, student support service staff, students and HE practitioners with responsibility for improving the systems, processes and practices that contribute to positive working environments and staff wellbeing.
Dr Joan O’ Mahony, Senior Adviser (Teaching and Learning) and Doug Parkin, Principal Adviser for Leadership and Management at Advance HE will lead the Symposium. If you have questions about the symposium or your submission, email Joan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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