Academics share #WednesdayWisdom to navigate lockdown

The series of free virtual talks offers expert insights and practical advice to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic

The series kicks off on Wednesday 6 May

We wanted to host these webinars as a way to stay connected and offer support. We hope these talks will provide some helpful tips and time for reflection during this difficult period.

Klaudia Tomkowiak, Staffordshire University Events Manager

The weekly #WednesdayWisdom webinars will see academic experts from across Staffordshire University explore how lockdown is affecting our everyday lives and what impact it might have on the future.

The talks cover a range of topics from positive parenting to starting your own business, the boom in video games and the effect on the environment.

Klaudia Tomkowiak, Staffordshire University Events Manager, explained: “Our public events play an important part in our annual calendar and are a great way to engage with the local community, as well as staff and students.

“Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have cancelled our events on campus until further notice, so we wanted to host these webinars as a way to stay connected and offer support. We hope these talks will provide some helpful tips and time for reflection during this difficult period.”

To kick off the series Peter Kevern, Professor of Values and Social Care, will his host webinar 'Keeping the Faith' on Wednesday 6 May.

In his talk, Peter will share advice on keeping connected while places of worship are closed and discuss how religious organisations are helping isolated people in need during the present lockdown.

He said: “It was interesting to see the survey published on Sunday that showed that many people seem to be turning to religion in the lockdown. Whatever you think of them, our religious traditions have a lot of experience of getting through difficult times, and have developed a range of well-tested tricks and tools to help along the way.

“I’ll be sharing some of the research that looks at which religious beliefs and practices work, which ones make things worse, and how we can nurture our spiritual and mental wellbeing whether we are religious or not.”

‘Keeping the Faith’ takes place on Wednesday 6 May, from 3.30pm to 4pm. To book your place please contact the Communications Team on comms@staffs.ac.uk or register online here.

Upcoming #WednesdayWebinars:

  • Wednesday 13 May 2020: ‘Positive Parenting in a Pandemic’ by Dr Sarah Rose

 

  • Wednesday 20 May 2020: ‘Business Start Up & Growth Essentials’ by Jane Pallister, Lecturer in Staffordshire Business School and founder of business consultancy Boommm

 

  • Wednesday 20 May 2020: ‘Film on Demand’ by Dr Agata Lulkowska, Lecturer in Film Production

 

  • Wednesday 27 May 2020: ‘Cloud Computing: the necessary digital transformation to protect your business’ by Elhadj Benkhelifa, Professor of Computer Science

 

  • Wednesday 3 June 2020: ‘A Cleaner Future’ by Dr Eleanor Atkins, Lecturer in Biology and Geography

 

  • Wednesday 10 June 2020: ‘Gaming Is Good’ by Craig Weightman, Lecturer in Computer Games Programming

 

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