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    Check out our #TeamMDX wellbeing and study resources, podcasts, videos, tutorials, blogs and more

    #TeamMDX online

    During these challenging times, many of you have already used the opportunity to tap into some amazing online resources to help support your studies, health, leisure, sense of community and identity, and work.

    This page belongs to you! It contains a combination of MDX specific resources - content created by your dedicated MDX staff - as well as recommendations from students across the University.

    Want to get involved? Email Mary and team so we can spread the joy with the rest of the #TeamMDX community.

    We'll be constantly updating this page with new resources and suggestions, so make sure you check back regularly.

    • Good news feed

    Amid all the worrying news, there are many reasons to find hope and goodness in the world. Scroll through our top picks for our ‘Good news’ feed this week.

    A visiting professor at Middlesex is developing new oral and nasal vaccine platforms for Covid-19 vaccines

    Professor Roger New's company Vaxcine (UK) Ltd has developed a system for the uptake of proteins and other big molecules on the intestine surface, which can be delivered as a vaccine via a capsule.

    Read more online

    What went right: good coronavirus news from the sixth week of lockdown

    The UK was told the peak of the epidemic had passed this week, but that wasn't the only good news about coronavirus

    Read more online

    Middlesex on the ITV news for producing 13,000 protective visors a week for the NHS

    ITV covered the story about how Middlesex University uses laser cutters and plastic sheets to make protective equipment for the NHS

    Read more about how these are produced

    Cities have been invaded  by cars. Now they are being liberated

    Private vehicles are being designed out of urban areas with encouraging results for communities and businesses

    Read more online

    Moments - by Joe Hearsey

    First year film student Joe Hearsey made his own short film 'Moments' during his first month at home. Watch until the end to see Joe's Mum's reaction to the new buzz cut!

    Watch the short film

    #BlackLivesMatter

    Now is the time to stand together. Now is the time to use our collective voices for change. We are all part of #TeamMDX and together we say #BlackLivesMatter.

    Never has 'Stand Together' by Dub Pistols ft Rhoda Dakar been so prescient. Rhoda is a current student, and we are so excited to share her new song with you!

    We encourage you to check out our selection of powerful resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement in our Educate Yourself section. We have a duty to educate ourselves and others around us. There is power and change in knowledge.

    Read a report by Wonkhe which touches on taking action to tackle racism in Higher education.

    80 Positive News Stories You May Have Missed During The Coronavirus Outbreak

    - In dark and distressing times, humankind can really pull through to show its good side

    During times of fear and uncertainty, the very best elements of human nature can prevail. The following Coronavirus-related good news stories from around the world, demonstrate the power of displaying care and kindness to those less fortunate or able than you in a crisis.

    Read about the 80 positive news stories from around the world now!

    • Health

    Our mood and activity levels are closely linked and it’s vital that we continue to look after both our mental and physical health. Breaking up your study day with some activities is a great way to achieve this balance.

    UNIHEADS

    Take the UNIHEADS free 20 minute mental health training course.

    You’ll learn how to look after your wellbeing and mental health, how to support a friend who might be struggling, learn how to stay well in light of Covid-19 and be signposted to university and SU resources and support. You can start the course and come back to it at any time.

    Register here or visit our online wellbeing platforms page for more info.

    Yoga for Wellbeing

    Join our MDX student community for beginner’s Iyengar Yoga with MDX Lecturer and Iyengar Yoga teacher, Joanna. These sessions are designed specifically to work on your flexibility, stress levels and to help you to feel part of #TeamMDX. You just need a space to stretch and some comfy clothes.

    Namaste!

    • Book for Tuesdays: 4.45pm to 6.00pm [Please note there will be no classes on the 11th and 18th of August.]

    Keep an eye on the Sport & Recreation Newsletter for tips for staying active!

    You can also watch Yoga with Adrienne for more classes, meditation and poses.

    Connect and Support Groups

    The Counselling and Mental Health (CMH) service are offering online “Connect & Support Groups”. The aim of the groups will be to offer support to those struggling with feelings of isolation, loneliness, diminishing resilience, anxiety and uncertainty. You'll be able to connect with others who may be experiencing similar difficulties or having similar feelings.

    Groups will be facilitated by members of the CMH Service and will be offered to particular cohorts:

    • 3rd year finalists/ 3rd year Nursing students
    • International students
    • Care Leavers
    • Post Graduate/Research students
    • Students remaining in halls

    For further information, please email the CMH service.

    It is really important that you are registered with a GP close to your address should you become unwell. You can find more information online.

    For more information on how you can stay fit and well please see our health guides page on UniHub.

    MDX COVID Support Podcast

    Student Support and Wellbeing are working with Student Light to bring you a weekly MDX Covid Support Podcast! Hosted by Kate & Simone, two of our Counsellors in the Counselling and Mental Health team.

    These podcasts will feature guest students and staff answering questions, debating topics important to you including your health, wellbeing, studies, relationships and more, you can find the introduction episode here.

    Check back every week for the latest episode

    Want to catch up on previous episodes? No problem, you can watch them online.

    If you'd like to get Involved let us know!

    • Culture and Leisure

    We know it’s frustrating that you can’t get out to your local gallery or cultural hotspot or hangout. That's why we're bringing them to you with this matrix of online delights and experiences:

    Get exploring

    Tate Britain, Lee Mawdsley

    • Identity and community

    There's never been a better time to come together. And while we can’t physically be together, we can connect virtually.

    Get support

    MDX Student Lite Podcast

    Feel the #TeamMDX vibe through the eyes and experiences of our current students.

    Led and hosted by students Kyle, Isobel and Haniss, our new MDX Student Life Podcast gives you raw, honest and unfiltered insights into what it’s really like to be a student at Middlesex University.

    They’ll welcome guests on each monthly episode and focus on real-life topics relevant to students past, present and future.

    We welcome ideas for discussion so get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to hear about, or if you’d like to get involved.

    How to be an ally to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Watch this important message from Hamilton's Obioma Ugoala.

    Obioma Ugoala is an actor and writer.

    In the video he explains how you can become a true ally to the movement here in the UK.

    • Work and career

    MDXworks has moved completely online but are still able to support you during this financially uncertain time.

    MDXworks support services and finding immediate work

    During these uncertain times, MDXworks are currently hosting drop-in sessions remotely Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 16:00 via phone on 0208 411 6161 or by emailing the MDXWorks team.

    For more support, join MDXworks weekly pop up sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm for tips and advice.

    There are also immediate work and income opportunities available for you, which can be found on the MDXworks UniHub pages.

    Helpful guides can be accessed online in the resources section.

    • Study

    Here are some resources to help you get into a routine and make the most out of your studies. Make sure to check out our Studying from Home page for more advice and guidance.

    Study from home - the playlist

    Why not take a break and listen to our Study from Home Spotify playlist! Studying is hard enough, so why not listen to some motivational music in the background. This playlist pulls together a great range of songs to listen to while you're studying - and they're all songs nominated by #TeamMDX.

    You can also hear musical talent created by members of #TeamMDX. If you have created a song and it's on Spotify, we'll promote it though the #TeamMDX community playlist. If you would like to be part of this playlist, email the communications team.

    • And finally, a note on kindness and compassion

    Challenging circumstances provide us all with opportunities to show kindness and compassion and connect with others.

    In our community, we have already seen so many examples of people spontaneously coming together to support each other in the past few weeks. We are so proud to belong to such an interconnected, diverse and kind community.

    #TeamMDX

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