2021 Spring Forum

Build Back Better: A Peri-COVID Response

The 2021 UHMLG Spring Forum will once again be held as a completely free, and purely online event. This year we are focusing on the response to the COVID pandemic from a number of different viewpoints. The day is a mixture of talks and activities – you’ll learn, talk, and reflect.

Book Your Place

Tickets are completely free, and open to everyone – book your ticket now!

The Speakers

Anna O’NeillDirector of Library Services and Arts Strategy, University of Southampton
Dr Olivia 
Researcher in Mental Health, University of Cambridge

How to become resilient and take back control of your life
Anxiety and depression is high and we’re looking for new ways to take back control of our lives.  New ways to become resilient and bounce back.  Whether you’ve been dealt a good or bad hand in life, now is the time to take charge and bounce back to get closer to the life you want.  Dr. Olivia Remes will be sharing tips on overcoming obstacles in life and becoming resilient, based on research.  This is especially important now that we’re dealing with a second lockdown and our mental health has been affected in more ways than one.
Dr Rachel WilliamsFellow in Medicine and Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should
Necessity is certainly the mother of invention, and over the last 12 months, along with all other sectors, the world of medical education has been inventing at speed (and often in haste) as we have adapted to the restrictions necessitated by the COVID 19 pandemic.
In this talk I will discuss my experiences of small and large group teaching, and clinical assessments over the last 12 months – exploring the pros and cons of the virtual world.
Alison McKayAcademic Skills Co-ordinator for Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England
, Close your emails and join us for some camera-off, mic-off, protected thinking time. This session is a dedicated moment for you to reflect on all you’ve seen and heard today and start to make connections with your own context.
After setting the scene and providing some inspiration in the form of reflective models and guiding questions for you to consider, we will Shut up and reflect for 30 minutes.
This session is inspired by shutupwrite.com and writing retreats.

The (draft) Programme: Friday 26 March

Please note: we are still confirming the order of the speakers.

10:00 – 10:10Welcome
10:10 – 11:00Anna O’Neill
11:00 – 11:20Break
11:20 – 12:10Dr Olivia Remes
12:10 – 12:45Break
12:45 – 13:35Dr Rachel Williams
13:35 – 14:10Break
14:10 – 14:20Welcome
14:20 – 15:00Randomised Coffee Trial
15:00 – 15:50Alison McKay: “Shut Up and Reflect”
15:05 – 15:35Shut Up and Reflect
15:50 -16:00Final Words

We will be holding our annual Spring Forum on 26 March 2021 – like last year, the event will be held online and tickets for attendees will be completely free. We have talks lined-up from:

  • Anna O’Neill, Director of Library Services & Arts Strategy, University of Southampton
  • Rr Rachel Williams., Fellow in Medicine and Director of Studies for clinical medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Olivia Remes – Researcher in Mental Health, University of Cambridge

We also have a “Shut Up and Reflect” session hosted by Alison McKay, Academic Skills Co-ordinator for Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, and a Randomised Coffee Trial involving all participants.