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Monthly L.I.V.E. (Live Interactive Virtual Event) Lunchtime Seminar Series!

Grab a sandwich (or whatever) and spend your lunch break learning more about various positive psychology topics, free and from the comfort of wherever you want to be (that has a wifi connection)! We invite experts in the field to speak about their areas of expertise and the newest research and applications of these exciting areas of positive psychology. Bring your curiosity, questions and microphones/chat box typing fingers!

L.I.V.E.s are typically held via Zoom. We will aim to record the sessions and post for later viewing if you cannot ‘attend’ live. Recordings from previous L.I.V.E.s can be found on the gallery page.

2021-2022 Schedule

15th December 2021, 1-2pm (UK time)
Positive Leadership – Dr Lucy Ryan
Zoom link (no need to register ahead)

26th January 2022, 1-2pm (UK time)
Courage – Reece Coker
Zoom link (no need to register ahead)

23rd February 2022, 1-2pm (UK time)
Topic/Title TBC (Possibly about developing the Coggi wellbeing app for children/NHS) – Pep Stonor
Zoom link (no need to register ahead)

30th March 2022, 1-2pm (UK time)
Lunch & Learn: A strengths-based approach to work and career development – Dr Matthew Smith*
*Please note that the originally scheduled talk by Dan Collinson has been cancelled, and it will now be run by Matthew Smith instead, and will take place on MS Teams instead of Zoom
MS Teams link (no need to pre-register)

27th April 2022, 1-2pm (UK time)
The multi-dimensions of feeling alone & the relationship to psychological wellbeing – Lisa Jones
MS Teams link (no need to pre-register)

25th May 2022, 1-2pm (UK time)
Significance and Authenticity in the Workplace – Preeti Sumal
MS Teams link (no need to pre-register)

6th Annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium & Festival-

Postponed Date & Call for Proposals Extended

COVID-19 Update: Due to the  Covid-19 pandemic, the Symposium date was postponed the last two years. We are currently planning to hold this on 16th-17th July 2022 as this will be our 10 year anniversary of the MAPP (our MAPPiversary!). In the meantime, if you would still like to propose something to present, you can do so till the end of May; so please feel free to submit proposals and we will be in touch.

When:  SAVE THE DATE – Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July 2022, 9.30am – 4.30pm(TBC)

Where:  Bucks New University – Aylesbury campus

View the last year’s Programme (PDF) to get an idea of the potential format and style of the day, although this year we

Want to present something?

Please fill out our Presentation Proposal form (deadline end of May). See more information on our Symposium page.

Want to attend?

Registration is now open – please book tickets via our e-store.

Attendance for one or both days is £30 – this includes lunch and refreshments and a ‘goodie bag’.

Presenters can register for half off the fee.

Those wishing to ‘purchase’ a stall can do so for a minimum of £50. Additional donations will incur extra bonuses (such as more central placement of the stall, more room, logos on presentation slides and goodie bag materials, etc.).

All additional donations gratefully received.

About the Symposium

Positive psychology (PP) is a dynamic and fast-growing area that explores leading-edge ideas in the study of wellbeing and optimal human functioning for individuals, groups, communities and organisations – ‘the science of what makes life worth living’. Applied Positive Psychology seeks to turn science into positive action for individuals and the community at large.

The annual UK Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – now in its 6th year and growing steadily every time – brings together students and staff of MAPP (MSc Applied Positive Psychology) and other Positive Psychology courses across the UK and now Ireland as well to share their latest research and applications in this exciting field. Speakers will be students or graduates from the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programmes at Bucks New University, Anglia Ruskin University, University of East London, and related courses at the University of Northampton and University College Cork. There are new PP courses and programmes appearing all the time in this growing field, and anyone interested, from any university, profession or discipline, is welcome to attend.

The event will be an opportunity to network with and learn from practitioners, students, and researchers engaged in up-and-coming research and application within the field of positive psychology within the UK.

This year we plan to expand the symposium to also include festival elements and activities, so that we can play alongside our work! There will also be bubbly and cake this year as it is our 10th birthday party! 🙂 We will shortly be working on and publishing the programme of events, so please stay tuned.

Who should attend

Anyone with an interest in positive psychology research and applications – all welcome! Others for whom this would be particularly relevant: postgraduate and undergraduate psychology students; clinical practitioners; carers; teachers; coaches. The symposium will be of particular interest to anyone with curiosity about or intention to study on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course.

Bucks Psychologist Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2019 (Issue 05)

The latest issue (05 – Autumn/Winter 2019) of our Bucks Psychologist Psychology department newsletter  is now available, and includes some news from our MAPP staff and students as well as more general departmental news.