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Phoenix (AGCAS journal)

Latest issue: October 2017 - Student well-being

This issue focuses on student well-being at a time when increasing numbers of students are reporting anxiety and presenting with symptoms of depression and emotional fragility. There have been sharp rises in the demand for university counselling services and, from some quarters, accusations of institutional negligence towards a suffering student body. 

Within this issue, we explore student well-being from the perspective of AGCAS members to better understand the support available to students and to share how services are delivering this within their institutions. We also wanted to present a real-life student perspective; this issue opens with an honest account from a recent graduate.

You can also read about collaborative approaches to delivering well-being services, with some well-thought-out overlap in duty of care. The value of normalising mental health discussions is explored, both from a student and career practitioner perspective. There is an article about subjective well-being theory in the context of careers education. There are also tips on how to support students during times of adversity to develop a positive outlook and change their way of thinking, which challenges traditional definitions of success and achievement. Resilience, failure, rejection, confidence and mistakeability all receive a good airing in this issue.

Finally, while student support is our primary focus, we also explore well-being from the practitioner perspective. We consider how best to ‘support the supporters’, with articles highlighting the importance of staff well-being and the benefits of reflective practice.

About Phoenix

Phoenix is the AGCAS journal, produced three times a year. Publication dates are February, June and October. Phoenix was re-launched as a digital journal in January 2013 and is no longer produced in hard copy.

Each issue focuses on a specific theme. Regular content includes:

• features on the latest developments in the world of HE careers and employability;
• opinion pieces;
• recent careers-related research;
• Careers Anonymous.

Next issue: February 2018 - Social mobility

Author(s): Editor: Gemma Green, AGCAS Research and Knowledge Manager; AGCAS Phoenix Editorial Group

Production date: 2017

How to obtain: An archive of digital and pre-digital issues is below (only available to AGCAS members who have registered with this site and signed in).

Communities: Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands, Wales, Teaching Professions, South West England, South England, South East England, Scotland, Research Staff, Research, Recruiters and Partners, Quality, Qualification, Psychometric Assessment, Postgraduate, North West England, North East England, London, Legal Subjects, Ireland, Internationalisation, ICT, Health and Medical Professions, Heads and Deputies, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Enterprise, Employability, East Midlands, Diversity, Creative Industries, Careers Information, Careers Education, Careers Advice and Guidance, AGCAS

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers

Format: Web

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