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The latest about wellbeing issues at Aalto University.
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Wellbeing Desk restarts with new services

Aalto's Wellbeing Desk, which offers low-threshold well-being services, will return renewed to serve Aalto's personnel on Monday, January 16, 2023.

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Understanding Unconscious Bias in Higher Education

How can unconscious biases affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in our everyday lives at work? Join a discussion led by Aparna Shakkarwar and Nea Höynälä from Inklusiiv!

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Understanding Unconscious Bias in Higher Education event on 30.1.2023 in U271, Undergraduate Centre

Oasis blog: Navigating Student Life in Finland - A Global South Perspective

How to traverse studies, friendships, and relationships in an unfamiliar university system? It is vital to understand oneself and develop a strong sense of self to be able to form external relationships that complement one’s life. Read on to learn more about the tips by Aalto student Pranava Pakala on how to navigate in Finland as an international student!

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Book tips of 2022 by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing

Looking for a fascinating new book to read during the holidays? Oasis of Radical Wellbeing has published booktips througout the year 2022 on @aaltowellbeing Instagram. Read the complete list of the book tips below!

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Book tips by Oasis

Wellbeing Desk welcomes doctoral students

Wellbeing Desk offers low-threshold well-being services for Aalto's staff, including doctoral students.

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Wellbeing Desk serves also doctoral students

Keys To Your Wellbeing series is here

Keys To Your Wellbeing series by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing collects wellbeing materials (science-based articles, podcasts, videos, trainings and exercises) on monthly changing topics.

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Keys to your wellbeing

Oasis blog: Said something wrong to someone? When they correct you, say thank you.

How to communicate so that mistakes do not lead to conflicts? What is the role of the person giving the feedback and the one receiving the feedback? Read the blog post below by Suvi Helko, Project Specialist of Oasis of Radical Wellbeing, to find out!

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Come meet occupational safety representatives and shop stewards at Wellbeing Desk

Is there something in occupational safety or occupational health that worries you? Do you have questions about your collective labor agreement or labor legislation? Come and talk to the Wellbeing Desk of the Aalto personnel - no appointment needed!

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Aalto Chaplains at Wellbeing Desk for Aalto personnel

Are you part of Aalto's staff and would you like to have a confidential conversation with somebody? Come to chat with the Aalto chaplains at the Wellbeing Desk without an appointment to the reception on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

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AYY and Wellbeing Ambassadors cooperate to tackle harassment

Wellbeing Ambassadors from OASIS of Radical Wellbeing have been cooperating with The Aalto University Student Union (AYY) to prevent harassment and other inappropriate conduct within the Aalto community.

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Blog: LGBTQ+ in Aalto

Read about student association GAYY's reflections on the "LGBTQ+ in Aalto" discussion for Aalto personnel.

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Oasis of Radical Wellbeing has opened a TikTok channel for Aalto students and for the whole Aalto community

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Towards more inclusive teaching

How to create a classroom culture of respect, collaboration and safer space?

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Renewed wellbeing in teaching site to support wellbeing of the community

Wellbeing in teaching site was created spring 2022 to support the wellbeing of the community. Now, it has been renewed to give more concrete ideas how to improve the wellbeing in teaching. The relaunch of the site is today October 5th, on World Teachers day.

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Navigating Doctoral Maze and EDI

What are the potential challenges doctoral researchers can encounter in their work and career? What support is available to overcome these challenges? Come play a game of Doctoral Maze with us and discuss EDI, academic career path and support available! Event is for whole personnel and doctoral researchers.

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Aalto Wellbeing Week 2022 Keynote: Psychologist Ville Ojanen & "Are Your Brains Stuck?"

Keynote by Ville Ojanen, PhD: practical, humane, evidence-based views on wellbeing and resilience.

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Aalto Wellbeing Week 2022: Pop up Wellbeing from movement

Wellbeing, movement, popup, oasis of radical wellbeing

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Aalto Wellbeing Week 2022: Mindfulness & Concentration workshop

Improve your concentration! Come to explore with us whether mindfulness could benefit your concentration and focus in your daily live!

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Mindfulness by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing

Self-care: bubble baths or barricades?

As the autumn term kicks in and we start to plan for the new academic year, it is worth remembering that, to have the energy to act on issues close to our hearts, we need to pay attention to self-care.

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Solution-focused coaching to support your wellbeing at work - Autumn's schedule open

Solution-focused coaching to support your wellbeing at work

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Wellbeing Desk for Aalto personnel returns from summer break

Wellbeing Desk provides low-threshold services to support the wellbeing of Aalto personnel.

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Oasis blog: Teach Them to Talk

Recent wellbeing-related surveys of university students and of staff clearly show that our sense of community has suffered under the time of remote studying and working. As the return to campus is here, we need to work actively to build the community. It’s time to work together to create a new culture for the way we do things.

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How to build your resilience and ability to recover.

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Be careful what you wish for - blog post by Frank Martela

What kind of values and goals contribute to wellbeing, and what do not? Start the new season by investing in goals that produce wellbeing instead of unhealthiness. Read the blog post by Aalto University lecturer and philosopher Frank Martela.

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Frank Martela blog

Mental health first aid courses for personnel guiding students

Mental health first aid courses ® 1 and 2 are trainings registered by the Mental Health Association to strengthen mental health knowledge and skills. This training is intended for Learning services staff and academic advisors.

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Encountering one another as human beings

For Provost Kristiina Mäkelä, equality, diversity and inclusion are visible in everyday encounters.

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Religions in Aalto - building a more inclusive campus

April's EDI discussion session's theme was Religions at Aalto. Read here what the facilitators from AaMu (Aalto Muslims Association) thought about the discussions!

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Discrimination-free Aalto? Presentation by Shadia Rask available now!

How common are experiences of discrimination and racism in Finnish society? How do experiences of discrimination affect wellbeing? How to build an inclusive and safer university and work community? See a video recording of THL's research manager, PhD Shadia Rask on these topics.

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Shadia Rask recording on anti-discrimination

Aalto University launches Design a Meaningful Career open online course

Aalto University launches a new open online course, Design a Meaningful Career, on sustainable career design. The course emphasizes creative and non-conventional ways to design a meaningful career in the radically changing world of work

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43% responded to the 2022 AllWell? survey!

The survey was sent to all second-year bachelor’s degree students and first-year master’s degree students at Aalto University. This year, their total number was approximately 4,700. About 43% of them took the survey. AllWell warmly thanks all of them!

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HowUTeach self-assessment tool for teachers is piloted at Aalto

HowUTeach is a research based self-assessment tool created primarily for teachers. The purpose of HowUTeach is to increase teachers’ awareness of their teaching and thereby enhance individual self-reflection relating to work and wellbeing. HowUTeach is being piloted at Aalto during the academic year 2022-23.

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Mental health first aid courses

Mental health first aid courses ® 1 and 2 are trainings registered by the Mental Health Association to strengthen mental health knowledge and skills. The trainings are intended for tutor students, staff of educational institutions, and also for other interested students.

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A new service promoting wellbeing and work ability available for Aalto's personnel

Wellbeing Desk provides low-threshold wellbeing services for the personnel at Aalto University.

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Benefits of Calmness: mindfulness and other calming practices for You

Mindfulness and other soothing practices can be useful tools for you!

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Future-led Learning podcast, part 9: Kristiina Mäkelä, provost

Riikka Evans takes a closer look at Aalto University’s teaching competence assessment process and other teaching related matters with provost Kristiina Mäkelä.

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Vararehtori Petri Suomala.

Future-led Learning podcast, EPS 8: Petri Suomala on the art of listening (external link)

Vice president Petri Suomala of Aalto University speaks about equity, diversity and inclusion and the art of listening with Riikka Evans

Otto Scharmer, MIT, 2022.
Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer, MIT Sloan School of Management.

Otto Scharmer's lecture available for Aalto community

Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer (MIT Sloan School of Management ) talked to Aalto community members in February 2022. The event was organized by the Capacity Building of Creative Radicals -project (CBCR), experimenting with new interaction methods that help to build a more creative culture in teams and inside organizations. The aim of CBCR is to further radical changes, risk-taking and new thinking towards sustainable development based on Scharmer's Theory U. Please find here the recording of the kick-off event (available only for the Aalto community):

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Esa Saarinen: Filosofia ja systeemiajattelu

Esa Saarisen suositun Filosofia ja systeemiajattelu -luentosarjan tavoitteena on lisätä osallistujan kykyä omaehtoiseen, laaja-alaiseen, luovaan ja eteenpäinvirittyneeseen elämänfilosofiseen ajatteluun.

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Oasis at the Aalto Wellbeing Week

Oasis of Radical Wellbeing project participates in the Wellbeing Week
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Audiobooks can today be created with AI

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management has published its first AI-based audiobook.
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Annukka Svanda: It's important to challenge yourself to do hard things

'I believe that those of us who can and are capable have a duty to work to make the world a little better place all the time. For example, we can try to improve the situation of those who are not so well off.'
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Master's student Anna Huttunen: ‘Listening to others can help you listen to yourself’

Anna Huttunen, a multi-year student tutor and current wellbeing ambassador, shares her thoughts on student wellbeing and how it could be improved.

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The Knowing-Doing Gap and How Not to Sink In It

What we need is a shift of focus from knowing to not knowing, claims action researcher and MIT professor Otto Scharmer.
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