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News: Well­be­ing blog — SU elec­tions and deal­ing with info overload!

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We're apart at the moment but not alone! (pic from before social distancing)
We're apart at the moment but not alone! (pic from before social distancing)

Wel­come to our lat­est blog! We hope you are all stay­ing safe and well! 

The Stu­dent Well­be­ing team here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege have been real­ly busy try­ing out lots of new ideas. From well­be­ing tips and enrich­ment activ­i­ties, to learn­ing about tech­nol­o­gy to bring our stu­dents some new look Stu­dent Rep meet­ings, we want to share some of them with you.

As well as the main Col­lege social media accounts, in the Stu­dent Well­be­ing team we have our own social media pages too! You can find links at the bot­tom of the blog.

Student Voice and SU Elections

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Elections are now open for our current students to run for a role.

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege we val­ue stu­dent feed­back, and it is impor­tant that our learn­ers have a voice, espe­cial­ly dur­ing this unprece­dent­ed time. 

Over the next few weeks, we are run­ning var­i­ous online stu­dent voice meet­ings through Microsoft Teams. This means we can still hear their views and work with them remotely. 

We’re also run­ning elec­tions right now for our Not­ting­ham Col­lege’s Stu­dents’ Union! 

It’s a bit dif­fer­ent for our stu­dents this year, but we want to ensure that we have SU mem­bers ready to sup­port stu­dents in Sep­tem­ber. So, our cur­rent stu­dents can now apply for one of our excit­ing roles. The dead­line to apply is Fri­day 22nd May and our cur­rent stu­dents can see all the details on the Stu­dent Well­be­ing Hub in our stu­dent intranet. 

Wellbeing - cutting through the noise

If you’re find­ing all the well-inten­tioned health advice out there a bit over­whelm­ing, you’re not alone. Every time you look at your social media news­feeds there will be more infor­ma­tion about how to stay fit and healthy in lock­down. Some peo­ple love this, and it real­ly helps them, but oth­ers can find it hard with so much information. 

So, we want­ed to share some infor­ma­tion from a study done by the New Eco­nom­ics Foun­da­tion (NEF) on behalf of the UK gov­ern­ment to improve the population’s men­tal health and wellbeing. 

It showed that the most ben­e­fi­cial activ­i­ties for our men­tal health can be cat­e­gorised under 5 head­ings, with sim­ple expla­na­tions that are easy to under­stand and put into action. Why not try giv­ing some a go — it doesn’t have to be all of them, just what­ev­er you feel com­fort­able with. 

5 Ways To Wellbeing
  1. Con­nect – talk and lis­ten to oth­ers – even if it is online – it’s bet­ter than noth­ing and helps us feel less isolated.
  2. Be active – do what you can, don’t feel under pres­sure to com­pete, and enjoy what­ev­er you do to improve your mood.
  3. Take notice – remem­ber the sim­ple things – this can be an online mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion app or sim­ply going for a walk and focussing on your surroundings.
  4. Keep learn­ing — this might seem hard­er while you’re not at Col­lege, but do as much online learn­ing as you can, and try this gov­ern­ment skills toolk­it if you fan­cy some­thing different.
  5. Give – whether you can give your time to help the NHS, or just call a friend, any­thing you can do safe­ly to ben­e­fit oth­ers will make you feel good.

If you want to read more – you could read this 5 ways to well­be­ing dur­ing social dis­tanc­ing article. 

​Enrichment ​

Over the last few weeks, with every­one hav­ing to switch over to remote learn­ing in their lessons, we’ve also start­ed to move enrich­ment over to a remote plat­form too. 

After speak­ing to stu­dents, one of the most pop­u­lar sug­ges­tions was using the FIFA20 game and cre­at­ing Col­lege tournaments. 

We’ve run a cou­ple of tour­na­ments to find the top three play­ers on each con­sole, who will then make up the Col­lege team in a nation­al com­pe­ti­tion run by AoC Sport. After that, a league will start with pro­mo­tion and relegation. 

This could be the start of an eSports sec­tion of Enrich­ment, using our stu­dents’ love of com­put­er games in a healthy and safe com­pet­i­tive environment! 

We’ll be adding to this, so look out for more exam­ples soon! 

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  • 7th May 2020 (9:04 AM)
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