PhD Psychology candidate organises staff wellbeing in Higher Education conference

Vida Douglas, PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, is organising the conference to discuss how wellbeing is being implemented and managed within Higher Education (HE).

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The conference, which will be taking place at London Metropolitan University on Wednesday 4 July 2018, aims to shed a light on the increasing effect that stress has on those who work within the higher education sector.

Vida, whose research focuses on staff wellbeing in Higher Education, looking at organisational responses to wellbeing organised the conference to gain the views of staff and anyone involved in supporting the wellbeing of staff in higher education. Vida successfully gained funding and support from London Met for the conference.

Vida said: "Contributions from staff working in higher education and key note speakers interested in this important area will help towards articulating what staff wellbeing looks and feels like in higher education. The conference provides a great opportunity  to showcase the  good practice in supporting staff wellbeing in higher education. Following the conference a staff wellbeing in higher education good practice guidance will be development for dissemination within higher education institutions.'

Maria Karanika-Murray, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology said: "The problem of mental health in HE is well known. It is time to bring together those responsible for quality of work protecting workers’ wellbeing within HE. There is a need to take stock of how recent major changes in HE affects staff wellbeing and the quality of their life and work. These changes have resulted in an increase in staff suffering from stress and burnout and taking sick leave. Together, we can bolster coordinated efforts to promote wellbeing in this sector. Vida’s event is the start of this conversation”.

The fact is stress amongst university staff is increasing. This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss staff perceptions of ‘wellbeing’ and how universities are responding to support staff in higher education.

The conference is free to attend and is aimed for all staff interested in 'wellbeing’ and professionals working to support staff wellbeing programmes / initiatives in universities. The programme will include key note speakers, a panel discussion with experts in the field, a number of parallel sessions on specific topics relating to wellbeing in HE and its management, and networking opportunities.

Find out more information and reserve your place on London Metropolitan University’s website.

Image: 'Let's Talk About Mental Health' by The People Speak is licensed under CC BY 2.0

PhD Psychology candidate organises staff wellbeing in Higher Education conference

Published on 4 June 2018
  • Category: Current students; School of Social Sciences

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