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Replenish Festival: 7-11 June 2021

UCL’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities Wellbeing team, in collaboration with UCL Workplace Health, presents Replenish: five days of different virtual events and experiences to help you recharge, relax, and reflect at the end of a challenging academic year. 

Taking place from 7-11 June, Replenish will follow a different theme each day: ReSet, ReFrame, ReCreate, ReLit and ReConnect. All five days and themes link to the Being Well at UCL key areas of Healthy Work, Healthy Mind, and Healthy Body.

Our varied programme includes keynote speakers, workshops, talks, creative sessions, drop-ins, and daily tips and highlighted resources. Events are aimed at UCL staff and/or students (details in the links below): all are welcome and all events are free! 

Please take a look at our events programme below and register for the sessions that interest and inspire you.

Programme of events

Monday 7 June 2021: ReSet

Mindfulness moment

9:25–9:30am 

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

Register your place


Desk Yoga: Reset

10:00-10:15

Join us for a short and relaxing session of desk yoga, led by Rachel Hall.

Yoga at your desk is perfect for anybody who spends much time working at a computer or that can’t find time in their day for self-care or relaxation. This sequence is ideal for those who want to sneak in a quick yoga break or to practice a little bit of opening with the support of a chair. Do not worry if you haven’t practiced yoga before – everyone is welcome.

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How are you? Simple ways to grow your 'Calm is Capable' self

12:30-13:30

NB This event is only open to UCL staff. 

The world changes and we adapt. Norms we couldn’t imagine are suddenly just how it is. But there is always the certainty of “nothing ever remains the same for long”. So, when you are asked “how are you?”, not only is your response likely to be a long way from the truth (it’s just small talk right?), but in fact how aware are you of your own feelings?

It is vital that there is support and therapeutic services available to catch us when we fall. However, prevention is vital too, and the first essential step is simply getting to know ourselves better and being a little more curious about what ‘triggers’ our emotions. Might it be the name of a person in your inbox or calling your phone? A meeting on a certain subject? The desire to win? The sense of winning or losing? That imposter syndrome? The list is long and never the same for everyone.  

Join our session led by a Virtual Mind Trainer. This 45-minute virtual session will provide you with:

  • some straightforward science to explain emotions
  • an opportunity to explore your own emotions and what triggers them via a facilitated exercise (no requirement to share anything with the group) 
  • research around why nature enhances our mood and energy
  • obtain one month’s free access to an online product to help you build your mind training capability

Register your place


Replenish panel event with the Provost: Wellbeing, UCL, and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

14:00-15:00 

In our panel event which will kick off the Replenish Festival, Provost and Professor Stella Bruzzi will be conversation talking about wellbeing, learnings from the past year, and how UCL has responded to wellbeing challenges. 

In the second half of the event there will be a chance for staff and students to ask the Provost questions related to wellbeing. During the Q&A, the Provost and Professor Stella Bruzzi will be joined by Dr Alexander Sampson (Vice Dean for Education), Dr Samantha Rayner (Vice Dean for Wellbeing) and Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (Vice Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). 

Register your place

Tuesday 8 June: ReFrame

Mindfulness moment

9:25–9:30am 

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

Register your place


How are you? Simple ways to grow your 'Calm is Capable' self 

10:00-11:00

NB This event is only open to UCL students. 

The world changes and we adapt. Norms we couldn’t imagine are suddenly just how it is. But there is always the certainty of “nothing ever remains the same for long”. So, when you are asked “how are you?”, not only is your response likely to be a long way from the truth (it’s just small talk right?), but in fact how aware are you of your own feelings?

It is vital that there is support and therapeutic services available to catch us when we fall. However, prevention is vital too, and the first essential step is simply getting to know ourselves better and being a little more curious about what ‘triggers’ our emotions. Might it be the name of a person in your inbox or calling your phone? A meeting on a certain subject? The desire to win? The sense of winning or losing? That imposter syndrome? The list is long and never the same for everyone.  

Join our session led by a Virtual Mind Trainer. This 45-minute virtual session will provide you with:

  • some straightforward science to explain emotions
  • an opportunity to explore your own emotions and what triggers them via a facilitated exercise (no requirement to share anything with the group) 
  • research around why nature enhances our mood and energy
  • obtain one month’s free access to an online product to help you build your mind training capability

Register your place


Desk Yoga: Reframe

11:30-11:45

Join us for a short and relaxing session of desk yoga, led by Rachel Hall.

This session will show how you can find time and space to breathe and meditate at your desk. It will combine short breathing exercises with a guided meditation. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body and allows you time to turn onwards and relax. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and let go.

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Action for Happiness: A talk by Vanessa King

12:00-13:00

Vanessa King, is the Head of Psychology and a board member at social movement Action for Happiness (AfH) and author of the evidence-based, practical guide Ten Keys to Happier Living and most recently, Creating the World We Want to Live In – How Positive Psychology can Create a Brighter Future. She is a leading expert in the practical application of positive psychology and the science of wellbeing and resilience. She is one of a small group of people in the UK to have completed a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr Martin Seligman. 

In this engaging session Vanessa King will share evidence for why happiness is worth taking seriously as individuals and collectively. She’ll help us explore the evidence-based framework 10 Key to Happier Living – the areas science shows taking action in to help us maintain and increase our happiness and wellbeing and boost our resilience. 

We’ll come away with some quick and simple, practical ideas to experiment with in our daily lives.

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In Conversation with Professor Noreena Hertz and Professor Sasha Roseneil

14:00-15:00

Professor Noreena Hertz, has been described as “one of the world’s greatest thinkers”; she is also author of The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect, and an Honorary Professor at UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity. Join her, in conversation with Professor Sasha Roseneil, Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, as they explore the theme of loneliness. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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Wednesday 9 June: ReCreate

Mindfulness moment

9:25–9:30am 

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

Register your place


Collage Workshop: Faces and Layers with Rebecca Loweth, Slade School of Fine Art

10:30-11:15

Please join us for this arts and health workshop and take some time out of your day to focus on being creative. This workshop is open to everyone, the creative and non-creative, collage is something everyone can get stuck into. 

Starting with a challenge as a warmup, you will be creating collaged portraits using layers. The minimum materials that you will need will be paper, some kind of glue or tape for sticking and images to collage from. If you can, please bring any images, magazines, tapes or other materials you particularly want to use as well as scissors, glue, pens, pencils and paper. 

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Arts & Humanities Virtual Tea

13:10-13:50

Drop-in for virtual tea with Helene Neveu Kringelbach, Vice Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Samantha Rayner, Vice Dean Wellbeing for an informal and relaxed chat about all things EDI and Wellbeing. This is an opportunity to listen to colleagues’ experiences and share your own in a welcoming and safe space.

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Photography for Wellbeing 

14:00-14:30

Join Ellis Parkinson, London-based artist and Fine Art and Critical Studies student at the Slade School of Fine Art and winner of the 2021 Provost Portrait Competition, to improve your wellbeing through the art of photography. In this bitesize session, Ellis will cover the four different things which make a good photograph (composition, moment, light and colour) and look at ways you can see new things through the lens of your phone camera to help destress and contextualise your everyday life.

NB This event is only open to UCL students. 

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Virtual cook-along: In the kitchen with Crescent Kitchen and Always Cook on the Bright Side 

19:00-20:00

Join us for an evening of chilled and creative vegan cooking with step-by-step guidance from the cooks at Always Cook and Crescent Kitchen, both young chefs who have made it their mission to share "banging" veggie food with young foodies around the country.

Find out more

NB This event is only open to UCL students. 

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Thursday 10 June: ReLit

Mindfulness moment

09:25–09:30

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

Register your place


Panacea Review launch event

Panacea Review is a new literary magazine, managed by students on the UCL MA Publishing course, rooted in the belief that words and language help us better understand ourselves, our world, and our place in it. In the first issue, Windows In, Windows Out, commissioned by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as part of the Replenish Festival Wellbeing Week, we explore this through a variety of works, including poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, photography and illustrations.

The project team is delighted to showcase pieces from creatives across the UK, US and Canada—including our fellow UCL students—and amplify a range of voices in our conversations about readers and reading.

Come to our online launch event on June 10, 2-3pm, and hear from the team and from some of our contributors!

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Wellbeing and the Voice with Rachel Ley, Vocal Coach

14:30-16:00

Words are more than the letters that make them; when we are preparing to present, we must find a way to embody the language bringing the words to life through the way they sound. This session will explore ways in which we can make the words we sound feel more comfortable and mean more, providing a route-map to confident speaking in any scenario.

NB Please note this session is limited to 30 people and Faculty of Arts & Humanities colleagues will be prioritised

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Paula Byrne in conversation with John Mullan 

16:00-17:00

Join Dr Paula Byrne, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and founder and Chief Executive of ReLit, the charity for literature and mental health, in conversation with Professor John Mullan, Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature and Head of the English Department, where they will discuss the books and poems they go to for inspiration, comfort and enjoyment. Paula will also discuss the work ReLit does and why she thinks books for wellbeing are so valuable. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. 

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Friday 11 June: ReConnect

Mindfulness moment

9:25–9:30am 

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

Register your place


Wellbeing and the Voice with Rachel Ley, Vocal Coach

10:00-11:30

How many times do we launch ourselves into speaking without taking care of how we might come across. In this session we will explore the body-voice connection through exercises and examples including relaxation, breath control, posture alignment and body language. Learn how your breath can help you sound and feel better whether you are speaking or not.

NB Please note this session is limited to 30 people and Faculty of Arts & Humanities colleagues will be prioritised

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Panel Discussion with Lina Kamenova, Steve Pilling, Sasha Roseneil and Matthew Blain

12:00-13:00

To wrap up the Replenish week, join Karen Smith (Head of Workplace Wellbeing) as she hosts a panel with Dr Matthew Blain (Executive Director of Human Resources), Lina Kamenova (Acting Director of Student Support and Wellbeing), Prof Sasha Roseneil (Pro-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences), Prof Steve Pilling (Professor of Clinical Psychology & Clinical Effectiveness, Institute of Mental Health).

Our panellists will share their perspective on why mental health and wellbeing are important at UCL, and personal reflections and tips on managing their own wellbeing. You will have an opportunity to ask panellists questions in the second part of the event.

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Reflect and Connect 

13:00-14:00 

This social session is a space to connect with your colleagues over a cup of tea and reflect on the week. We will be joined by Sam Lane from SilverCloud who will talk about how you can continue to support your wellbeing through a selection of psychoeducational programmes based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy available at UCL. 

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Desk Yoga: Reconnect

14:00-14:15

Join us for a short and relaxing session of desk yoga, led by Rachel Hall.

This yoga desk session will explore how different yoga poses can help us to connect to ourselves and the world around us. Yoga involves a mind-body dualism, with the belief that the body's processes can influence the mind. As our senses and perceptions change with each yoga position, so can our own perspectives on ourselves, others, and life.

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London Review Bookshop & UCL Replenish Blog Competition

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As part of ReLit day, we’re thrilled to launch a competition with the London Review Bookshop. This is your chance to be published on the Bookshop blog: simply submit a blog article, between 350 and 500 words, discussing which book or books are helping you to imagine a new future. Any UCL student can take part.  

 

Submit your piece as a Word document, with your surname clear in the file name, to A&H.Wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk, by 5pm on 18 June. State your name, dept, and email address at the bottom of the blog. The winner will be announced by 30 June.  

The winner will receive a £50 book token and have their piece published on the London Review Bookshop blog! 

Good luck, everyone!  

***Special Offer with the LRB Cake Shop during Replenish***

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Something to nourish your wellbeing! Take your UCL staff or student card into the London Review Bookshop (LRB) Cake shop (located inside the bookshop) and show it at the till for 20% off all lunch items, cakes and drinks from Monday 7 June until Saturday 12 June!

 

Visit LRB website to find out location of Cake Shop.

Panacea Review Magazine

Panacea Review is a new literary magazine, managed by students on the UCL MA Publishing course, rooted in the belief that words and language help us better understand ourselves, our world, and our place in it. Take a look at the first issue, Windows In, Windows Out, commissioned by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as part of the Replenish Festival Wellbeing Week. 

View "Windows In, Windows Out"

Replenish Festival listing by day


Explore the events, resources and wellbeing tips for each day of Replenish Festival.

Drop-in sessions with UCL Student Support and Wellbeing


Book an appointment with Karthik, a Student Success Adviser from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team. You can ask Karthik any questions you have about the support and wellbeing services available at UCL.

Book an appointment

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Being Well at UCL

UCL's Workplace Wellbeing team works to support the psychological wellbeing of the UCL community. Discover lots of mental health resources and tools to help with practicing self-care, showing kindness and managing compassionately.

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Replenish wellbeing resources

We have put together a collection of resources aligned with the daily themes we have running throughout our Replenish Festival week. Explore the resources, which include daily wellbeing tips, podcasts, apps, articles and UCL resources, at your own pace. 

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Shelf Healing podcast

Catch up on the latest episodes of the podcast brought to you by our MA Publishing students. Topics discussed surround the idea of bibliotherapy, reading, writing, and wellbeing.

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UCL Student Support and Wellbeing

Our team of expert wellbeing, disability and mental health staff provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, in which you can discuss any issues that may be affecting your ability to study. Find out more about our free support services that are available for all of our students. 


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Back to the Future programme

If you are a student, you might also be interested in Back to the Future, a new and completely free programme of masterclasses, short courses and workshops running throughout May and June 2021 for students across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, and the School of Slavonic & East European Studies. 

Explore the Back to the Future programme