Podcast: Wellbeing in a World With (and Without) COVID-19

In our first AHUA podcast, clinical psychologist Dr Nick Maguire from the University of Southampton shares his thoughts on how university leaders can support the wellbeing of their staff in the post-COVID world.

Introducing the podcast

We continue to deal with the uncertainty of a global pandemic.

Advice and guidance on wellbeing is prolific, but not always helpful. How to combat depression, how to increase levels of resilience, how to improve the wellbeing of your peopleā€¦ The list goes on.

In this conversation, AHUA associate Kim Newton-Woof invites clinical psychologist Dr Nick Maguire to share his thoughts on wellbeing.

Nick draws upon his significant experience to discuss definitions of wellbeing, its importance, and how university leaders can impact on the wellbeing of their staff.

On the podcast

  • Wellbeing as a dynamic and complex issue.
  • The role of the individual in relation to their organisation in personal resilience.
  • The temptation and risk of adopting simple solutions to complex problems.
  • Are you really listening to your people? What is the data telling you?
  • The need for compassion and validation of personal value and worth.
  • Lessons learned from developing a strategic approach to wellbeing at Southampton.
  • What university leadership can do about their own wellbeing (and that of their colleagues) given the current environment.

Listen to the podcast

About the speaker

Dr Nick Maguire is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. His work centres on homelessness and leadership development.

His interests in employee and organisational wellbeing have resulted in multiple university-wide initiatives that consider culture, values, and behaviours. He is currently championing a Faculty-led project to pilot an innovative approach to improving wellbeing in a university context.

You can connect with Nick on LinkedIn or visit his staff profile page to learn more about his research.

About the podcast

We hope our first AHUA podcast has offered you valuable insights to put into practice at your institutions.

This podcast was a pilot, recorded by non-professional podcasters, to test the format as an outlet of support to our members. As such, we would welcome any feedback in the comments.

Please do let us know whether you found the content useful and usable, as well as your suggestions for future topics