Day 3 – SDF’s Festival 2020

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SDF’s Festival of Learning and Development 2020

Date: 23rd to 27th November 2020

Venue: SDF zoom and AdvanceHE connect

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Welcome to DAY 3 for the 2020 SDF’s Festival of Learning and Development.

Please browse the information regarding our speakers to help tailor sessions to your interests and build connections within the #SDFest2020 community.

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Keynote Stream 3

Cultivating Belonging – The Three A’s of Inclusion

Jenny Garrett

9:45 to 10:45

Synopsis: Covid 19 is NOT the great leveller that some thought it would be, instead it has highlighted inequality and societal issues that sadly still exist. Compounded with the global black lives matter movement, this truly is a time of change. In this interactive session we move beyond diversity and inclusion to explore why cultivating a sense of belonging in your institution in critical, the practical steps that you can take to begin to do so and the important ‘self – work’ you will have to do to make it happen.


Workshop Stream 1

Keeping people connected while navigating uncharted waters

Louise Clifton and Paul Gentle – Invisible Grail

11:00 to 11:45

Synopsis: If we’re looking for a silver lining from this year, one might be how we are more connected with each other. We’ve seen, literally, into our colleagues’ lives and we’ve all had to adapt and get stuck in to keep things moving. But sustaining that momentum and energy is hard, especially when we’re asking people to keep going, do more, keep moving.

In this 45-min interactive workshop, we’ll explore how to energise people through a different way to lead meetings online. Participants will play with new techniques to keep team spirit and culture at the heart of how they connect, whilst achieving purposeful and succinct meetings.

Our aim is to inspire you with ideas that you can try out with colleagues in the workshop and back in your institution that will help you overcome Zoom or Team fatigue and keep people truly connected.


Workshop Stream 2

The Really Resilient Guide

Andry Anastasis – The Learning Moment

14:00 to 14:45

Synopsis: The world of work has become virtually unrecognisable; now more than ever, individuals at work must adapt to stress, adversity and uncertainty. It is an individual and a collective journey. The Really Resilient Guide offers a clear and focused approach for embracing change, building determination, being adaptable and managing wellbeing.


Workshop Stream 2

Using Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) principles to improve psychological wellbeing

Maryiana Bushara – University of Sussex

15:00 to 15:45

Synopsis: CBT is based on the idea that the way we think, feel and behave are all interlinked. Understanding this model will give insight into improving emotional regulation and adopting helpful coping strategies. This interactive session will introduce you to useful tools and practical techniques to enhance your psychological wellbeing.


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