Tenth annual wellbeing symposium—Living the values in tertiary education

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14th Oct 2019 8:00am to 14th Oct 2019 5:40pm

Te Toki a Rata building, Kelburn campus, Victoria University of Wellington

Join with students, staff, and wellbeing experts to explore how values-based practice can foster wellbeing in our community.

Victoria University of Wellington’s annual Wellbeing Symposium is for students, staff (academic and professional), and anyone working to improve wellbeing in tertiary education.

This year’s symposium, Living the values in tertiary education, invites you to join us in exploring how we as an educational organisation can embody our written core values and bring these to life in the ways we collaborate and support our community.

How we treat each other has a great impact on our health and wellbeing. We encourage people living, working, and studying in our community to understand and practise the University’s core ethical values—respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy.

These values are manifested in our commitment to civic engagement, sustainability, inclusivity, equity, diversity, and openness.

But what does this look like in practice? How can we share these values with staff and students, and walk the talk together as a community?

Join us for a day of discussion and collaboration with a range of wellbeing experts from our academic, professional, and student community. Together, we can build a better understanding of how we can improve the way we live these values.

This tenth annual gathering also serves as an opportunity for wider connection and collaboration around the ever more important issue of our health and wellbeing.

Access the symposium’s full programme: http://bit.ly/2G4vq4f

Keynote address: ‘What the heck is a ‘value’ anyway?’ with Professor Marc Wilson, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington

While there has been a recent movement towards the use of values to inform institutional behaviour, practice, and strategy, the notion of 'values' has a much longer philosophical and, since the early 1900s, psychological track record. In his keynote address, Professor Marc Wilson will pontificate about what we mean when we talk about 'values' and how they relate to our everyday lives. Professor Wilson discuss what it means to ‘live our values’ in higher education, in therapeutic contexts, and everyday practice. Along the way, Professor Wilson will share value profiles drawn from his research with thousands of New Zealanders, and you will have a chance to reflect on your own values.

Screening of documentary One Day Ahead

This year’s symposium will include a screening of the documentary One Day Ahead, which follows eight New Zealand amateur cyclists, including Victoria Business School’s Dr John Randal, attempting to complete the 2018 Tour de France race a day ahead of the professional race to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Early-bird registration fee: $85, 60 free student registrations available

For more information contact: Trish Knight