Session Recorded: 9th December 2020
This timely pair of workshops will enable staff to explore techniques and tools for supporting their own wellbeing and that of their students in these troubled and challenging months.
Part 1 overview – Supporting Staff Wellbeing
It has been a stressful period for all of us over the past months so it is appropriate as we enter what is normally a period of reflection and celebration to share a gift. This first session of the pair focuses on the staff perspective in addressing wellbeing. The tools and techniques we will explore in this practical session form part of that gift offering.
In delivering this session I am very mindful that UU is a civic university and community, inclusion and empowerment sit at the heart of what we do here at Ulster. It is also worth reflecting that as individuals, as staff, we cannot enable others effectively without also caring for our own health and wellbeing in our lives and work.
This session therefore explores:
A gift of simple techniques you can apply quickly and easily to care for yourself and create space to recharge yourselves in times of stress;
- How to engage with ‘agency’ as HE practitioners using the simple idea of ‘Me PLC'.
- Some ideas for adopting the above in our pedagogy and practice.
- And finally, I will share some resources for you to explore and adopt if you choose over the coming months.
Visiting Professor Dr Ruth Pilkington (PFHEA, NTF, SFSEDA)
Part 2 overview – Embedding wellbeing in the Curriculum
Students are adjusting to COVID related life pressures including their new student experience of online, socially distanced delivery of their curriculum. Following on from Prof. Ruth Pilkington’s work with staff, this input helps staff appreciate why promoting student wellbeing and mental health is essential and particularly relevant at this time and how wellbeing and mental health impacts students’ availability to learn, their engagement, retention and academic outcomes.
We profile the wellbeing support needs of our increasingly diverse student community at Ulster and consider what can we do to embed wellbeing in our curriculum delivery and where and when we deliver an inclusive curriculum this ensures we are providing a relevant, contemporary and innovative curriculum.
Ann Hart-Henderson, Ulster’s Student Wellbeing Manager.
Any interested Ulster staff and students