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Improving Researcher Wellbeing - What changes can be made and how can we implement them?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard HetheringtonORCiD, Dr Gail de Blaquiere, Carol Summerside


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A key theme from the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018 was the growing awareness of wellbeing issues faced by research students and research staff. It has become incumbent for individual institutions and the sector as a whole to have a mental health and wellbeing strategy for researchers. We all know that wellbeing is important, but what are we doing to support it, what works and what more could we be doing? Oxford Brookes University offers a range of mental health and wellbeing services, training, support and resources for research staff; through the #PGRwellbeing4all programme, Newcastle University is aiming to support all research students with consideration of the varied requirements diversity brings. In this workshop, we consider the range of support offered in our institutions and across the sector. We aim to identify current good practice in this area but also use a real-time survey tool to consider what broader changes could be attempted to make lasting and significant changes to the academic research culture. We hope to gather a broad perspective on what are desirable and tractable changes. We will consider the skills Researcher Developers need to facilitate mental health awareness amongst line managers, supervisors and researchers themselves and how we can best promote support for wellbeing and positively change the culture and environment of research.

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Author(s): Brooks S, Cripps J, Hetherington R, de-Blacquiere G, Summerside C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Vitae Researcher Development International Conference

Year of Conference: 2019

Online publication date: 17/09/2019

Acceptance date: 28/06/2019

Publisher: Vitae