Articles from University of Derby

Reborn on the 4th of July – can the UK Hospitality sector re-open safely in July?

The Hospitality sector has been one of the worst affected industries by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector, which employs over 3.2 million people (10% of UK employment) and contributes 5% of GDP to the UK, has been completely grounded by lockdown and social distancing.

A few Big Data and analytics lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

What has the coronavirus pandemic taught us about Big Data and analytics? Richard Self, Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies at the University of Derby, discusses in his latest blog.

Positive impact of lockdown life: The ‘New Normal’

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - What will be the impact of the ‘new normal’, under lockdown and characterised by social distancing?  While coronavirus has brought tragedy to many, Dr Natasha Yasmin Felles, Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, looks for where there may be positive outcomes of our shared experience:

My experience as an international student in the UK during lockdown

As we progressed into Spring, I think we all expected lockdown to come sooner or later. It was only a matter of time and during this period we could prepare for this situation as best as possible, both mentally and in terms of gathering necessities. I am an international student at the University of Derby, my home country is the Czech Republic. In the run-up to lockdown, my friends and I decided that on the last day before lockdown commenced that we would have a barbecue together to say goodbye to each other. We agreed that we would see each other properly after this difficult situation is over.

Taking time during the crisis to make wellbeing a priority

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which aims to drive conversations on mental health to create lasting change, and in the current pandemic it is even more important to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

University is more than the place you gain your qualifications – it’s where you explore who you really are

@DerbyUni - A University of celebrating you University is so much more than the place where you gain your qualifications – it’s where you will be able to explore who you really are and reach your full potential in every aspect of your life. We have worked very hard to grow an inclusive culture, which has challenged the teaching, learning, and working environment of the University to change for the better.

Post-pandemic: What does this mean for the NHS workforce?

#InternationalNursesDay 2020: The importance of the healthcare sector to society  On #InternationalNursesDay, I pay tribute to Florence Nightingale, pioneer of modern nursing, who was born 200 years ago today. Thank you to all of our amazing nurses in the UK who are taking care of us, especially in this very difficult time. You are the very best of us.

How to keep motivated and physically active while staying at home

@DerbyUni - during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have found ourselves adrift from our usual routines and often without our familiar support and resources that help us to keep physically active. Furthermore, our reactions to uncertainty and disruption can have a negative effect on our psychological health. Here, Dr Ainslea Cross, Academic Lead for Health Psychology at the University of Derby, discusses how health psychology research and practice can help maintain the motivation needed for keeping active while staying at home and provides us with some tools and tips to follow.

COVID-19: How to manage the disappointment of sporting events being postponed and keep your training on track

With major sporting events such as the London Marathon, due to take place this weekend, postponed due to coronavirus, Dr Philip Clarke, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, provides advice on how to manage disappointment and top tips to keep your training on track.

Recommended reading for your lockdown list

With the coronavirus lockdown extended for a few more weeks at least, you might be getting through more books than you would do ordinarily. Looking for something new? A different genre, maybe? Or just total escapism. The English, Creative Writing and Publishing academic team at the University of Derby have put together some of their suggestions to take your reading in a new direction.

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