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St Mary's Values Talks

St Mary's Values Talks are a collection of inspirational talks and discussions to keep your spirits up and show you new perspectives. They're run jointly by the Widening Participation Team and SMSU. All of the speakers have one thing in common - they exemplify the four St Mary's values which are Excellence, Generosity of Spirit, Inclusiveness and Respect. Our next values talk is below - sign up to watch it live!

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Monday 18 January, 3pm - Struggling with Motivation? Free Student Talk to Help Get You on Track! - Watch Live on Zoom

What are your values, and what do you stand for? Our next Values Talk, from wonderful professional speakers Georgina and Lennox from GGT Solutions, is focused on helping you to find your values and the energy and motivation that comes from living by them. They'll help you to move from negative to positive thinking, to think about your own values, and to get you motivated during difficult times. Crucial skills for getting through 2021 - so make sure you don't miss this chance to re-energise and start the year off with a bang! Click here to sign up to watch this talk live.


Below are some of our past values talks. You can watch them all on YouTube, so dive in and let us know your thoughts on them...

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Dave Thomas - Published Author and Student Success Project Manager - Watch on Youtube

Dave S.P Thomas is an Occupational Therapist and Public Health Specialist, with a remit in social justice. This talk focuses on all of the St Mary's values. He has published lots of research in the areas or ‘race’, racial justice, inequality, Occupational Justice and Social Justice. In this talk, he discussed the notion of 'race', the 'whiteness' of the curriculum and how all of this affects students' mental health and wellbeing. Watch it back here.

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Claire Harvey - Paralympic Athlete (in 2 disciplines) - Watch on Youtube

Claire Harvey was part of the GB women's national sitting volleyball team and is now a track and field athlete for Great Britain. Her talk focuses on excellence. She competed at the 2012 London Paralympics as their captain too, which she elaborates on in this inspirational talk - her career has been packed with highs but there have been low points too which she discusses here.

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Sammy Massiah - CIO of St Mary's University - Watch on Youtube

This talk is on the subject of the Black Lives Matter Movement and focuses on inclusiveness, generosity of spirit and respect. He discusses his background, his story and his own personal struggles that he's experienced through racism. He then discusses ways in which we might begin to dismantle it with the audience - it's a hugely insightful and educational talk, and it's something we hope that every St Mary's student will watch.

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Hannah Kettley-Linsell (pictured) and Lauren Whitehouse - PhD students at Loughborough University and trans activists - Watch on Youtube

This talk focuses on inclusiveness. While there has been much media discussion about the participation of transgender women in elite sport very little attention has been paid to what constitutes good practices for inclusion in PE and grassroots sport spaces for transgender and non-binary individuals. Hannah and Lauren discuss these in this insightful talk.

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Jason Arday - Published Author, Lecturer and Deputy Executive Dean at Durham University - Watch on Youtube

Jason is an ex-St Mary's student who has gone on to accomplish big things. He also was the founder of the West London Varsity, so we've got him to thank for some incredible days on campus and at Brunel. This talk focuses on generosity of spirit, but that's really just one aspect of it - since his time at St Mary's, Jason has gone on to achieve an MA in Pedagogy, Professional Practice in Education (MA) and a PhD in Sociology of Education. Jason has run 30 marathons in 35 days and raised £4.5 million for over 80 national charities including local charity shooting star chase! You can watch his talk here.

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