BU Students Union ‘How to thrive at university and beyond’ event!

Panel member Professor Debbie Holley (@debbieholley1) reports on the BU Students Union ‘How to thrive at university and beyond’ event!

Details:I was invited to join the panel for an afternoon of inspirational talks from leading industry speakers:

14:00 – Welcome and introduction on behalf of SUBU, Ebony Harding, SU VP Community

14:10 – Avoiding the imposter syndrome by Trisha Lewis

Trisha has a great website www.trishalewis.com which has a free newsletter that can be signed up for, and a whole range of resources and information to help the transition into workplaces.

Trisha is @trishalewistalk

14:50 – The “World of Work” – what you want and NEED to know about health and safety and other curious things! By Tracey Ayton Harding.

Unison Head Tracey Ayton Harding gave an amazing talk about a whole range of workplace issues – as well as frank and practical advice to the whole audience on a wide range of issues. Here is the link to Unisons’ health and safety site:


15:30 – Panel discussions chaired by Sarah Farmer, a BU alumini, working at the BBC and sharing practice here at BU.

You can read about Sarahs time as Bournemouth student here:


Panel members: Trisha Lewis, Tracey Ayton Harding, Debbie Holley, and SUBU sabbaticals for Brooke Elias, SU VP Activities, Alex Hancox, SU VP Education and Ebony Harding, SU VP Community. The panel discussion offered students and staff the opportunity  to ask the experts questions such as what practical steps you can put in place to overcome imposter syndrome and how you can help yourself be safe in the study and workplace. It is also the opportunity to raise issues about free speech and equality and diversity issues

Tracey Ayton Harding is the Head of Health and Safety at UNISON, tasked with guiding the Union’s 1.3m members through many health and safety issues encountered through their work. Her work brings her into contact with health and safety peers with whom she routinely deals with issues around H&S strategy, H&S policy and its wider impacts on the public service workforce throughout the UK. Tracey has a long history in operational health and safety management gained within the higher and further Educations sectors as well as within the housing management and charity sectors working with vulnerable adults.



Trisha Lewis helps people become confident and engaging communicators. She does this through coaching, improv and workshops. She is the co-founder of Explory Story – all about making human connections in business. Trisha has a background as a professional actor and is still involved in theatre projects as well as being a popular speaker. She started acting as a way of conquering shyness – for some reason she could stand on a stage but not enter a room without feeling excruciatingly self-conscious. Helping people get out of their head and into the moment is central to the work Trisha does. Trisha graduated from Bournemouth University in 2005 with a BA (Hons) degree in Communication.

with our thanks to Michelle Morgan (@itse), Associate Dean for the Student Experience, FMC for her support and working closely with SUBU to put this wonderful event together.


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