Staying well in academia - Hugh Kearns

13.00, Monday 09 September 2019


Working in academia is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. The excitement of working on something you care about, sharing ideas with students and colleagues and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your career you will experience times when things aren’t going so well.

This webinar draws on evidence-based strategies to help you stay well during your academic career.

Topics will include:

  • Managing the workload
  • Resilience and finding a balance
  • Learning how to switch off
  • Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
  • Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
  • Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
  • Support for more serious mental health issues
  • Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling


Hugh Kearns is a researcher in high performance from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He has worked with thousands of academics all over the world for the past 25 years, delivering lectures and workshops on strategies to navigate the challenges in an academic career . He draws on this experience and his background in psychology to provide this practical workshop on how to stay well during your academic career.

The Academy held a career development event on ‘Remaining resilient in research’ in April 2019, which explored the hurdles of a research career and how to overcome them effectively. This webinar is open to all and will provide mechanisms to help navigate the academic career pathway.

This webinar forms part of our suite of career development resources, which are generously supported by NIHR.

Please register here




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