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School of Education COVID-19 related research projects to be presented at university -wide event

17 September 2020

We are pleased to announce that the School of Education’s Dr Lucy Wenham and Dr Felicity Sedgewick will be presenting their research at the ‘Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Focus Week: COVID-19’.

The ‘Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Focus Week: COVID-19’ is a week-long event which brings together researchers from different disciplines across the University who have been working on COVID-19 related projects. The event takes place virtually from the 21- 28 September 2020 with the aim to share research findings and plans to foster engagement and connection.

Dr Lucy Wenham will be presenting her research on the 'Impacts on School Student's Mental Health'. The research aims to investigate impacts on student mental health by: monitoring and recording the immediate day-to-day realities of widespread attempts at ‘home-schooling’ in the midst of school closure; and listening to Year 11 and Year 13 voice their concerns, hopes and fears.

You can find out more about Lucy’s research by reading the SOE blog post: 'Students’ anxiety about the allocations of grades for cancelled high-stakes public examinations'.

Dr Felicity Sedgewick, will be presenting her research on, ‘The impact of COVID-19 and distance learning on undergraduate students’ resilience and psycho-social wellbeing: A three-stage study to explore, implement, and evaluate effective strategies to build student community’.  Over the course of an academic year, Felicity and her research team – which consist of School of Education’s Charlotte Flothmann, Antonia Lythgoe and Trang Tran- will work with undergraduate students to understand how their resilience and wellbeing has been both bolstered and challenged during the first wave of COVID-19 changes to academic life. The team will then use these insights to design and trial programmes to help existing and incoming students overcome difficulties and thrive in these new models of learning.


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