Bringing Your Authentic Self to the University of Leeds | Leeds Digital Festival | 01 Oct 20

A webinar with Q&A session discussing how to bring your authentic self to the University of Leeds, drawing on research from two speakers

About this Event

This event will explore how to bring your authentic self to the University of Leeds. It will focus on research and theory around authentic self and a sense of belonging.

We are pleased to invited Nicola Neath who works as a staff counsellor and Dr Bridgette Bewick, an associate professor in Psychological Health and Wellbeing, to present and answer questions on the topic of authenticity. Nicola will ground her presentation in research and theory, whilst Bridgette will develop our understanding of how we can apply this to the University, sharing examples of best practice. The audience will have an opportunity to participate via the chat, reflecting on their own experiences and practice and will be able to ask the speakers questions.


Nicola Neath (She/Her)
Nicola Neath is a University of Leeds Staff Counsellor. Nicola is an MBACP Accredited Psychotherapist, Past Chair of the BACP Workplace Executive; and is Chair of the Council for Work and Health Subgroup. She has spoken at various national and local conferences on Mental Health in the Workplace, Imposter Syndrome, Emotional Labour; and she has co-published a book on her organisational adaption of the McCluskey model of the Theory of Attachment Based Exploratory Interest Sharing; To be Met as a Person at Work. She is passionate about bringing psychological theories into workplaces to support people in organisations.

Bridgette Bewick (She/Her)
Dr Bridgette Bewick ‘is’ an Associate Professor of Psychological Health and Wellbeing. Many of you will know Bridgette as a Leeds Institute Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds Woman of Achievement, Fred Yates Researcher of the Year, and the School of Medicine Lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion. Bridgette is passionate about contributing to developing our University as a place where staff and students can thrive. ‘I belong, you belong, we belong’ will explore what it means for staff and students to ‘be’ their ‘authentic self’. Drawing on Bridgette’s research and experience during this session we’ll consider the impact of our current ‘ways of being’ and how we might ‘do’ things differently to make visible the invisible.


2pm-2:05pm Introduction to the Event
2:05-2:45pm Nicola Neath
2:45-3:00pm Bridgette Bewick
3pm-3:15pm Question and Answer Session

This event will run via Microsoft TEAMS, so please make a note in your calendar of the date and time. We will send you a reminder email containing a link to the meeting prior to the event. You can also access the meeting by logging into your eventbrite account, clicking on the event and the online event details. There is a maximum number of 250 tickets, we will be prioritising students and staff from the University of Leeds – so please sign up with your University email address. We will be recording the event and sharing afterwards.

Following the theme of National Inclusion Week 2020 `each one reach one` we encourage all staff and students to bring someone `virtually` along to this event with the reason `because it is important to me`. This is important to raise awareness of the issues surrounding a sense of belonging and to share best practice.

Any questions please email the event organiser, Susan Preston, If you would like an outlook invite with a link to the event please email Susan.

After the event, join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #AuthenticSelfAtLeeds

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