Mental Health

New journal article by CEL colleague Jenny Hall

Recently retired CEL colleague Dr Jenny Hall has coauthored with Drs Susan Crowther and Audrey Stephen (Robert Gordon University) a newly published article that reviews recent work on the experience and causality of poor perinatal mental health. The article highlights gaps in the existing literature and, using the ecology of childbirth framework, presents a new… Read more »

Erasmus Exchange: Reframing sociological understanding of suicide in Italy

FMC Principal Academic, Dr. Ann Luce was invited, along with Prof. Debbie Holley, HSS, to share their respective  research during a series of seminars and workshops at the University of Salento, Italy. As part of of the exchange is building capacity, Dr. Luce was invited to promote her new book and share  her significant body… Read more »

Podcasts, Creativity and Collaboration with University of Salento, Italy

Professor Debbie Holley and Dr. Ann Luce recently visited University of Salento, in Lecce, in the Puglia region of Italy as part of the BU ERASMUS exchange programme. This is a follow on from a  pedagogy/ technology and statistical exchange that started a number of years ago with Prof. Holley’s previous institution. A part of… Read more »

VR Meditation: The Path To Next-Gen Health & Happiness

Stress has been dubbed the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and technology is often cited as one of the major contributors to the stressors of modern life. But, at the same time, tech is becoming part of the solution. In this article Sol Rogers of Consumer Tech from Forbes,… Read more »

5 Key Barriers to VR Adoption and How to Break Them Down

In this interesting article for VirtualiTeach, Steve Bambury, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation across the JESS Dubai schools, addresses the five main barriers to adopting virtual relaity in schools. I personally think that there are five key barriers to VR integration in schools. Five walls that are usually built from misconception, lack of understanding… Read more »

The VR revolution is already here – and it isn’t gaming.

An interesting article from TNW. VR and AR aren’t future techs: they’re right now technology. They’ve quietly transformed workforce education. Companies like Walmart and Verizon conduct employee training in VR. The military uses VR to prepare warriors for the battlefield, pilots for flight, and operators for remote deployment. It’s also a fantastic educational platform. Universities… Read more »

Well-Being in the Workplace

BU EdD student and PDA, Vianna Renaud, has just been appointed to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Workplace Executive Committee (https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-divisions/bacp-workplace/). This aligns with her doctoral research which aims to explore and develop ways of improving student confidence and overall well-being through a peer-to-peer employability coaching and mentoring programme. Vianna comments: “Whilst… Read more »

Top ten VR and AR articles for 2018 from Digital Bodies

Curtesy of Digital Bodies here is their top ten VR and AR articles of 2018. Stand alone VR headsets arrive. The shifting AR VR market. Top ten Augmented Reality quotes. AI in Mixed Reality Environments. A stunning AR art exhibition. Coming developments in VR headsets. Accesability developments. A captivating AR storytelling experience. VR in healthcare…. Read more »

Wonkfest 18: BU Head of Student Services Mandi Barron contributes to the student mental health debate

Debate Stage: crisis, what crisis? Is student mental health really a “no brainer”?   Student mental health is making headlines almost daily – so this session was (unsurprisingly) packed. But kicked off by focusing whether or not this amounts to a ‘crisis’. Chris Shelley, Director of Student Academic Services, University of Greenwich reports Tressler set out… Read more »