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'Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life' Digital Badge

20 Jan 2020

 Calling all first-year undergraduate students! Are you struggling to find a balance between study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep? The Skills Centre has an exciting programme that will equip you with the tools to cultivate positive healthy habits. “Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life” begins on Thursday 20th February!

The Everday Matters Digital Badge Programme will explore some practical everyday things, based on the latest scientific research, that you can say and do to support yourself as much as possible during this time of change and establish healthy habits and routines for your university lifestyle, enhancing your successful transition into and through higher education.

This programme will explore how you spend your time across study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep and cultivate positive habits of mind including mindful self-compassion, growth mindset and joy & gratitude. Participants will learn about brain and body health, and how to create and maintain daily habits and routines that support physical and emotional wellbeing for learning and life. 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge from published research to participant’s own life
  2. Analyse personal patterns of time use including study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep
  3. Develop positive habits of mind (mindful self-compassion, growth mindset, joy & gratitude)
  4. Use a strategy for creating and maintaining healthy time use habits and habits of mind

The weekly themes are:

  • Brain development and habit formation
  • Sleep
  • Self-care
  • Leisure
  • Study & Work
  • Self-compassion
  • Growth Mindset
  • Joy & Gratitude

The “Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life” Digital Badge will be delivered to first-year undergraduate students over 8 x 1 hour sessions. There will be additional hours for reading, watching videos, and preparing your short reflective paper at the end of the programme. Learner effort guideline is about 18 hours. Materials will be available on Canvas.

About the Facilitator:

The content for this programme has been developed by Dr. Eithne Hunt who has trialled the materials with second level and third level students and presented locally and nationally on this work. It is underpinned by her professional qualification as an occupational therapist, her previous clinical work with adolescents and young adults in mental health services, her extensive academic experiencing teaching young people about daily activities and wellbeing; her own research on adolescent time use and wellbeing; her training in mindfulness with children and adolescents, and mindfulness based stress reduction with teens (MBSR-T); and her outreach work designing and delivering ‘Everyday Matters’ and ‘Older & Wiser’ training to young people, parents, teachers and health professionals.

Obtaining your Digital Badge Micro-credential:

You will need to attend 5 of the 8 sessions as a minimum, but hopefully you’ll be able to make it to each session! In that way you will get the most out of it. You will be required to submit a short reflective account of your learning from the digital badge. The word length will be 500 words. You will be asked to reflect on your most significant learning from the programme using Rolfe's (2001) reflective model questions: what? so what? now what?

The programme will be recurring every Thursday at 12pm for 8-weeks, starting the 20th of February 2020. 

If you are interested in this programme, please register your interest in this programme through the link below. Please note, places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Register for Everyday Matters here: