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Wellness-Based Networks to Develop Successful Research Projects

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The event Wellness-Based Networks to Develop Successful Art Research Projects explores the intermingling of research projects that can generate tools related to art and its practices.
With wellness as a guiding concept, we have developed a workshop series that explores the idea of collaboration through a healthy platform in art and its related fields, considering the University’s aim to promote the good mental health of its students, offering support when needed. We aim to present students with a series of activities that will help them to endure and deal with stressful situations associated with the high demands of postgraduate studies.

Our project has a focus on initiatives that contribute to the development of research and training opportunities for PGR students and early career academics. Hence, we invite students from ECA to collaborate with other PGR students from other colleges through a series of activities, contributing to the development of networks within the university.

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Chinese Calligraphy for Spiritual Wellness - with PhD in Education candidate June Xu and Chinese Calligraphy Master Wenjun Zheng (28th March, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

To be able to recenter one's purpose in life, participants will be given a chance to develop inner peace and positive personal and interpersonal peer connections through guiding principles centred in the art of Chinese Calligraphy.

Chinese Medicine for Physical Wellness - with Chinese Medicine expert Ming Chen (18th April, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Being able to optimise the functions of the body and adopt healthy approaches to avoid physical stress as an ECA student is the aim of this workshop. Participants will be guided by a Chinese Medicine expert to recognise physical fitness and stress relief as a critical component of Physical Wellness.

Doodle Sketching for Environmental Wellness - with PhD in Landscape Architecture candidate Cathe Desiree Nadal (24th April, 10:00am - 12:00pm)

Through doodle sketching, participants will be aware of the quality of their surroundings. This action will also contribute to the better understanding of the environment, its optimal quality, and our responsibility as stewards of it.

Hand Stitch for Emotional Wellness - with PhD in Art candidate Daniela Lara-Espinoza (1st May, 10:00am - 12:00pm)

Through the practice of hand stitch, participants will be given a venue to express a wide range of emotions through stitches, sketches, and colours. This workshop will look at this practice as a mechanism to acknowledge participants feelings, find ways to relieve stress and anxiety and develop positive networks with their peers.

Teaching Skills for Intellectual Wellness - with PhD in Design candidates Magdalena Cattan and Silvia Ojeda (3rd May, 10:00 am - 11:30 pm)

Teaching skills include new methods to develop critical thinking that will improve skills for lifelong learning for future academicians. This workshop targets future members of the academia who hope to master new creative skills in academic dialogues and course delivery.

Emotional Intelligence for Occupational Wellness - with Career Consultant Lynsey Russell-Watts (16th May - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Resilience of academics in finding job opportunities and the desire to create positive impacts to the personal, interpersonal, organisational, and community level in their chosen career field will be discussed in this workshop. Occupational wellness includes not just personal fulfilment but the balance of all levels of interactions that can happen while looking at careers in the arts and its related fields.

Collaborative Research Skills for Social Wellness (A Pechakucha Event) - (6th June, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

This workshop invites ECA students to look into positive social interactions through a Pechakucha event. Participants will be able to learn the procedures of Pechakucha and how it can become a useful tool to present their projects concretely and concisely.
This last workshop foresees a finale competition. The best project will be awarded a special prize.


We hope to see many of you in our workshops.


All the best,

Cathe Desiree Nadal
Landscape Architect, PhD in Landscape Architecture candidate UoE
Daniela Lara-Espinoza
Visual Artist, PhD in Art candidate UoE
Yujun Xu
Intercultural Learning Consultant, PhD in Education candidate UoE


(This project is funded by the Devolved Researcher Fund)


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