Curricular approaches to support student academic success and wellbeing

A Connections Seminar

This Connections seminar will introduce an evidence-based framework, based on the Complete State Model and Self-determination Theory, for curricular and co-curricular approaches to supporting student self-management, academic success and wellbeing. Practical examples will be given, and interactive activities will support participant planning for their own courses and programs.

We will also be joined by Neil Morris, Director of Student Wellbeing at UNSW Sydney, who will provide an introduction to extracurricular offerings that might be useful for educators (and students), such as "Project Mind".



About the Speakers


Leesa Sidhu

Dr Leesa Sidhu is (Acting) Deputy Director of Education-Focussed Development, PVCESE Portfolio, and Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Science at UNSW Canberra.

She has extensive experience in developing and lecturing Statistics courses for Science, Engineering, Business and Arts students, has won one national and numerous UNSW teaching awards, and has a strong interest in applying in-curricular wellbeing-supportive strategies.


Jacquelyn Cranney

Honorary Professor Jacky Cranney has extensive UG education experience, for which she has won numerous UNSW/national/international awards and fellowships.

Her current activities have two foci: (1) UG psychology education and psychological literacy; and (2) university student self-management, academic success, and wellbeing.

See Jacky's research page for more info.


Nalini Pather

Professor Nalini Pather is the Associate Dean Education, Innovation at Medicine & Health, UNSW.

She focuses on curriculum design and SoTL. She has more than 25 years’ experience in educational innovation and design and has received several awards (Faculty, Vice-Chancellor, Australian Award for University Teaching) for her contributions to higher education. Nalini is a Fellow of ANZAHPE, and co-Director and Fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy. Nalini is also a co-founder of the Healthy Universities Initiative.


Gary Velan

Professor Gary Velan is a national award-winning medical educator.

He is Senior Vice Dean (Education) in UNSW Medicine & Health and formerly Co-Director of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.

Gary pioneered online formative assessments at UNSW and partners with students to establish and lead Student Wellbeing Action Groups (SWAGs).



Guest Speaker


Neil Morris

Neil Morris is the Director Student Wellbeing at UNSW Sydney and has had a lengthy career within the University. Neil has held several senior positions including: Vice-President Campus Life and Community Engagement during which period he was also Chair of UNSW Global; Executive Director University Services; and Director Human Resources. His current portfolio encompasses a broad range of outside the classroom student engagement roles, and Neil manages the relationship with UNSW Student Organisation and Arc and works closely with 300+ student clubs and societies.



This event is a part of the Connections series, consisting of seminars and workshops that provide you with the opportunity to learn from your colleagues to inform your own teaching practice.