Introducing a Peoples Academy into Higher Education: A coproduction approach to sustained wellbeing

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Hardy, SE, Malby, R, Turner, W, White, X, Hallett, N, Chalmney, C and Young, G (2018). Introducing a Peoples Academy into Higher Education: A coproduction approach to sustained wellbeing. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning.
AuthorsHardy, SE, Malby, R, Turner, W, White, X, Hallett, N, Chalmney, C and Young, G
Abstract

Purpose: The introduction of a People’s Academy within the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University has created ripples across the pond that is Higher Education. Approach: Working as a coproduction innovation hub, the People’s Academy celebrates inclusion of those with a lived experience of health and social care services into the academic community as valued members of the teaching and learning team. In it’s second year the People’s Academy has gained attention and achieved a ‘highly commended’ status from external regulating bodies. Findings: In this paper we report on aspects arising from an entrepreneurial education approach. First, is the work based learning experience students achieve within the Higher Education Institution setting, preparing them for clinical placements and client encounters. Second are ripples of activity the People’s Academy workstreams have sent throughout the academic staff via critically creative working practices as a process of entrepreneurial education. Conclusions focus on a sustainable approach to recovery and resilience (whether physical or psychological) and overall wellbeing that People’s Academy members recognise as a raised level of compassion for sustainable health and wellbeing for all. Originality: The work and enthusiasm of the People’s Academy as an authentic social engagement process rippling across the ‘University’ experience; whether for students in the classroom or when working alongside academic staff, is identifiable in all aspects of academic activities. Most importantly is a positive gain in terms of knowledge, skills and confidence for the People’s Academy members themselves and their own wellbeing enhancement.

KeywordsCoproduction; Sustained Wellbeing; Quality and Higher Education; Health and Social Care; People’s Academy
Year2018
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
PublisherEmarald Group Publishing Ltd
ISSN2042-3896
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-10-2017-0075
Publication dates
Print01 Jan 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Nov 2017
Accepted25 Oct 2017
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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