MIHE Centre for the study of Wellbeing Launch – May 2022

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On May 10th, the Markfield Institute of Higher Education welcomed students, alumni, practitioners and academics to the launch of the Centre for the study of Wellbeing (CSWB). Delegates joined both in person and online, with opportunities to network afterwards. The launch began with a welcome from the Rector Dr Zahid Parvez before Dr Rahmanara Chowdhury, Head of the Centre for the study of Wellbeing, outlined the purpose and aims of this new initiative.


Wellbeing within this context was viewed to be holistic in nature, ranging from social, psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing within a pluralistic world. It was therefore deemed that enabling wellbeing takes place in many forms.


The vision of the CSWB was outlined as supporting, enhancing and raising the profile of expertise held within the grassroots of predominantly Muslim communities, through research and academia. Two core strands are intended in order to achieve this; embedding research and academia within grassroots initiatives and specialist work, and through the development of a members network, aimed at primarily individuals working within grassroots.


Guest speakers included Safura Houghton (The Lantern Initiative), Maariyah Adam (Sacred [Body:Mind:Space]), and Sabah Gilani (Muslim Mind Collaborative). Each of the speakers outlined three diverse collaborative approaches adopted with CSWB in order to further strengthen the work being done in relation to health and wellbeing. Partnerships and collaborations varied from direct research input, to future project planning, to wider community development with larger stakeholders from a diverse range of expertise.


The CSWB looks forward to continuing these collaborations and building new ones, including working closely with all members of the Network. To register to join the Members Network see CSWB Network | MIHE


For enquires contact cswb@mihe.ac.uk

Watch the video of the Official Launch