On 22nd April, USI was invited to attend an event in UCC focusing on the topic of wellbeing in higher education, and looking at how wellbeing can be improved through the curriculum. The event was jointly organised by Eithne Hunt from UCC and Jim O’Mahony from MTU Cork. There were several interesting keynote speakers, including Dr Ross Woods from the HEA, and Dr Cate Denial from Knox College in Chicago. Each session brought different perspectives, examining the roles that staff, students and systems within the college environment can impact either positively or negatively on both student and staff wellbeing.

USI Mental Health Programme Manager Sarah Hughes, alongside UCC Welfare Officer Aoibhe O’Brien and MTU Cork Welfare Officer Eva Corcoran spoke on a panel to close out the event around issues and possible solutions to creating more space for wellbeing within the curriculum and on campuses in general.

A learning community may be developed from this event which is a positive outcome as it allows for more collaborative work in this area, as well as ensuring that progress in making sure colleges strive for a high level of wellbeing in their students and staff beyond the bounds of this standalone event.