Keynote sessions will take place in the Eastern Gateway Auditorium
09.30 – 10.15 Registration / coffee / networking
10.15 – 10.30 Address by the Vice-Chancellor
10.30 – 11.30 Keynote speech: How can we use the structure and culture of the curriculum to promote student health and wellbeing?
Dr Andy Pitchford – Head of Learning and Teaching, University of Bath
Dr Jo Hendy – Principal Lecturer, Learning and Teaching Unit, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Universities in the UK are increasingly concerned with the physical and mental health of their students. This is partly in response to external pressures and the apparent ‘health crises’ afflicting young people, but internal indicators such as referral and engagement data are also pushing universities to develop new support systems and intervention programmes. Much of this activity is focused on delivery by professional service departments, who provide ‘institutional safety nets’ or measures intended to impact positively on student engagement and performance. There is ample evidence of the success of such schemes, particularly those seeking to promote active lifestyles, but limited consideration of the reverse – ie the notion that the structure and culture of the curriculum itself might impact on various ways on the health of participants. This presentation uses Lizzio’s work on student engagement to argue that an active, inclusive curriculum is most likely to promote the wellbeing of its participants, and to foster belonging, purpose and identity. It uses examples from the fields of physical activity and sport to show how such a curriculum can be constructed.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee and changeover
11.45 – 12.30 Parallel Workshops Session 1
12.30 – 13.15 Buffet Lunch in the Beldam with posters in Eastern Gateway Foyer
13.15 – 15.00 Parallel Workshops Sessions 2 & 3
15.15 – 15.45 Closing Plenary – drawing the day together
16.00 – 17.00 Drinks available for networking in ESGW Foyer