Category: COVID-19 Experiences

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When you find your study buddy, hold onto them tight!

Studying in the time of a pandemic This post explores how the current public health pandemic brought with it, mixed blessings and a unique opportunity for two Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) students as they developed a new way of...

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Behind the Mask

Glenn Dene discusses his book, ‘Behind the Mask’, which documents photographs of staff at the Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, working through the Covid-19 pandemic.  Glenn answers questions about the book, his views on the NHS and how his education impacted...

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Measuring Student Wellbeing

With the difficulties we are currently facing in education as a result of the global pandemic, issues of mental health and supporting learners through difficult times has taken on a new significance. In this post from our guest author Chloe Casey, perspectives are provided on the difficulties with measuring student wellbeing. Drawn from her doctoral research, the post highlights concerns regarding inconsistent approaches to measurement; and highlights a call for greater levels of validity and reliability, to improve comparable evidence for action.

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Reflections of a Student Lockdown

In our next guest blog post, Rob Walker provides reflections regarding his experiences of completing an undergraduate degree during national lockdown. With the post starting with comparisons to dystopian societies; it then shifts to considering well-being and no detriment policies...

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Promoting, providing and protecting playtime

Within this guest blog post, Marianne Mannello from Play Wales emphasises the importance of giving children the permission, space and time to play in order to deal with uncertainty and challenge. Detail is provided on the research and advocation work...

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Are you resilient enough for COVID-19?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot seem to escape messages about building resilience, which have been developing for some time now. In this first blog post from Richard Sanders, BESA Executive Committee Member and Web Site Lead, discourses of resilience...