This award acknowledges the importance for both students and staff of balancing healthier lives and healthier working practices through building awareness of and strategies for wellbeing across organisations and practice.
Increasingly, across FHE contexts the challenges of workload demands are having a negative impact on the health of professionals and students. Students can find it challenging to structure and balance their study, social and working lives.
Staff may need to be informed about these: show consideration for and accommodate mental and wider health issues for students. Staff can feel overburdened and disempowered by what they see as increasing demands, less time and fewer resources, administrative changes and institutional priorities.
More widely, there is national concern about health due to increasing levels of obesity, alcohol, lack of exercise and stress. Such concerns often emerge in studies, surveys and national recommendations, but are often neglected as a factor in academic work.
This award acknowledges the importance for both students and staff of balancing healthier lives and healthier working practices through increased resilience, building awareness of and strategies for wellbeing. It also acknowledges the growing expectation that staff proactively plan, prioritise, determine and implement strategies, for developing their careers and managing work demands of, e.g. research, teaching and administration, and work life balance.
This award could be used to respond to the above as part of wider professional development. It can direct attention towards resilience, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, space and time management and other possible techniques for enhancing wellbeing and mental health, and wider health concerns in the academic setting. The award encourages dialogue, reflection and action around this issue for individuals and teams as an important component of the student HE/FE experience and academic practice.
Professional staff in institutions to raise awareness for themselves about health & well being.
This award can be variously targeted. It has been designed to offer a flexible award to encourage health and well being awareness across institutions for staff and students, therefore it can be used by managers, by academics and professional support services, and when considering the student HE experience and learning processes.
Award recipients will have shown how their work is informed by the SEDA Values:
Award recipients will be able to:
Additionally award recipients will be able to: