In recent years, student and staff mental wellbeing has attracted a great deal of attention and concern. There has been an improved understanding of the positive impact teaching staff have on student wellbeing, how this happens through the curriculum in the where, why and how of what is taught, including how we assess and give feedback, in how we guide student interaction, and in how we work in partnership with professional services and student support.
This focus on student wellbeing has been very welcome, but it is broadly accepted that it has proceeded without an equal emphasis of the importance of staff wellbeing, the essential place of staff wellbeing in enhancing the learning environment for students, and above all the importance of staff wellbeing for staff wellbeing’s sake 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 aims to better understand the variation in staff wellbeing across the sector, to share examples of sustainable improvement within some HEIs, to hear from colleagues who have managed to introduce positive change, to understand when student and staff wellbeing is better addressed together, and when it is best supported separately, and to offer some opportunities for blue-sky thinking of a future beyond the here and now where higher education might look and feel like a better place to be.
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 effect the sustainable change necessary for a genuinely whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Call for papers
The call for papers will open in October 2020.
Presenters will be eligible for a discounted rate of £125.
Who should attend?
This event is for HE lecturers, student support service staff, students and HE practitioners concerned about issues of poor mental health among their students or colleagues and wish to seek advice on how to improve this.