Groups and workshops

We offer a number of different groups and workshops throughout the year. Find the group or workshop for you.

Wellbeing Webinars 

Wellbeing Webinars take place every Wednesday during term time (12-1pm) and cover a range of topics relevant to student life. The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish.

Sign-up for Wellbeing Webinars opens a week in advance of each session and you can book a place via the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub.

The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.

The programme for Term 1 of the 2022/23 academic year will be published here in September. 

Please see below for descriptions of a range of webinars we offer during term time.

Self-care & Wellbeing During Exams

This webinar is designed to provide tips and guidance about managing your wellbeing during the exam period. We will consider how making small adjustments to our environment, routines and systems can help us to fit in wellbeing actions even when our schedules are very busy. 

Exam stress (Student Minds)

Five ways to wellbeing

James Clear atomic habits video clip

Free habits app

ABC of Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to being in danger. It works so well that it often kicks in when it’s not needed – when the danger is in our mind rather than in reality. This webinar aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it. 

Anxiety (CCI)

Anxiety Self-help Guide

Anxiety UK

ACT Companion app

Healthy Minds app

Self-compassion

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this is the webinar for you. This session explores three elements of self-compassion and shares practical exercises and resources designed to help you develop a more supportive and encouraging relationship with yourself and increase your emotional resilience. 

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion (CCI)

Compassion Self Help

The Power of Vulnerability TED talk

Perfect or Good Enough?

Perfectionism can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This webinar explores alternatives to perfectionist thinking and considers how developing a ‘good enough’ perspective can help you work in a healthier and more effective way towards your goals.

Perfectionism (CCI)

How to Overcome Perfectionism

15 Ways to Build a Growth Mindset

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism: Anthony and Swinson (2009) New Harbinger: ISBN 978-1572245594 

Managing Anxiety with Compassion

In this webinar, we identify three different emotion regulation systems in the brain: the threat system, the drive system, and the soothing system. If we constantly feel anxious it may be that our three systems are out of balance, which can make it difficult to feel safe and relax. During the session, we will explore compassionate ways to further develop our soothing system, promoting a greater sense of calmness and safety.

Developing a compassionate mind video clip

How self-compassion can help with anxiety

The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focussed Therapy): Paul Gilbert (2010) Constable: ISBN 978-1849010986 

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety: Dennis Tirch (2012) Robinson: ISBN 978-1849015134

Small Changes for Success

In this webinar, we explore how making small changes can improve our motivation and help us to work more successfully towards our wellbeing and academic goals. We will consider how making small adjustments to our mindset, environment, routines and systems can help us to put desired change into action. 

James Clear atomic habits video clip

Free habits app

Five ways to wellbeing

Atomic Habits: James Clear (2018) Random House Business: ISBN 978-1473537804.

PGR Wellbeing Webinar series

Each PGR Wellbeing Webinar series consists of two interlinked one hour webinars which take place over consecutive weeks and focus on topics relevant to managing your wellbeing as a PGR.

The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish. The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.

Please continue reading for descriptions and useful resources for each PGR Wellbeing Webinar series. Dates and times of future PGR wellbeing webinars will be published here.

Developing Your PGR Identity From the Inside Out

This PGR Wellbeing Webinar series explores some of the issues commonly experienced by PGRs as they build their identity as a researcher.

In session one we’ll consider how the expectations we place upon ourselves in relation to our research can sometimes be unhelpful. We’ll explore a useful framework outlining four stages of PGR identity formation and consider some of the psychological challenges involved in the process of developing a confident identity as a researcher.

The second session considers the links between perfectionist thinking and imposter syndrome and explore some strategies we can use to challenge both of these common mindsets, which can hinder progress and lower confidence. We’ll consider how we can motivate ourselves from the stance of a coach rather than a critic and develop a compassionate PGR identity informed by a growth mindset perspective.

The Wellbeing Thesis

Perfectionism (CCI)

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? TED Talk

15 Ways to Build a Growth Mindset

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion (CCI)

Working With Uncertainty as a PGR

This PGR Wellbeing Webinar series focuses on the challenge of learning how to work with the uncertainty of the research process in a healthy way.

Session one begins by exploring the topic of uncertainty in relation to the PGR experience and recognising that working with uncertainty has a tendency to activate our stress response. We’ll explore how being proactive about stress management can help us to regulate our emotions and benefit our productivity and ability to think creatively. 

There will be an opportunity to use an evidence based framework to identify personalised stress management actions which could be helpfully incorporated into your routine. We’ll also share tips about how making small adjustments to our environment, routines and systems can help us to stick to any small changes we may wish to make. 

In the second session, we identify three different emotion regulation systems in the brain: the threat system, the drive system, and the soothing system. We’ll explore how working with the uncertainty of the research process can activate the threat system and consider the importance of using our soothing system as well as our drive system to regulate our emotions. A number of useful strategies for developing the soothing system will be shared, and we’ll consider how these strategies can support your ability to work towards your research goals in a healthy and sustainable way.

The Wellbeing Thesis

How to Manage Stress

James Clear atomic habits video clip

Free habits app

Developing a compassionate mind video clip

Self-Compassion

Weekly Groups

Meditation – Thursdays 12-1.30pm

Meditation group flyer (PDF)

The meditation group offers participants experience of a large variety of relaxations, meditations and practices preparatory to meditation. Once you have been to a few sessions, you will have learnt which ones you can make best use of. The group runs every Thursday 12-1.30pm online, including outside of term time.

Please complete the sign up form or email facilitator James Taylor for more information.

Mindful Relaxation – Fridays 2-3pm

Mindful Relaxation group flyer (PDF)

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

In this group, you will be offered a variety of Deep Relaxation, Mindfulness and compassion focused practices, many of which are supported by a library of free MP3s, which means you can just settle into the experience of the practices without having to try to remember them! You can just come and be. Be warm, be still, be welcome and be present in the gift of each moment.

Please complete the sign up form or email facilitator James Taylor for more information.