Compassionate Curriculum Network

Are you interested in supporting student mental health and wellbeing through educational practice? The Compassionate Curriculum Network promotes a holistic approach to embedding wellbeing in to the curriculum. Members will discuss theory and practice of embedding wellbeing throughout the entire university education experience.

The network actively encourages the participation of students as well as staff. All staff involved in any aspect of student education/student experience alongside undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the University are invited to join the discussion and help shape the Network’s aims and objectives. Often discussions around pedagogical wellbeing are directed towards those delivering teaching. This Network will give students a platform to include their voice, to share their experiences and expertise.

Networks are a great chance to learn  and solve problems together. We know from recent University of Leeds events that staff and students are working to develop education practices that support student wellbeing.  You might have experience of developments in the area of wellbeing that didn’t go quite right, challenges you are working to overcome, and/or have had some successes.  This activity might be ‘ small tweaks’ or ‘wholesale  changes’. The network invites you to share and discuss your experiences.

We hold monthly Compassionate Curriculum Conversations- At these events we informally disuss in small groups questions such as what might a compassionate curriculum mean in practice? How can we design, deliver, and assess in ways that help (and don’t hinder) positive wellbeing. We might think about aspects of curriculum design, timetabling, integration with extracurricular activities, welcome and induction, personal tutoring and our overall pedagogy.

The conversations are an opportunity for people to come together and explore specific examples/challenges/considerations as well as the ‘higher level’ contemplation of the wider discourse.

To find out when the next conversation is taking place, visit our events page.

If you want to know more before joining contact Dr Bridgette Bewick (b.m.bewick@leeds.ac.uk).

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