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Thrive During Covid-19 Project

The Thrive During Covid-19 Project, run by the St George’s community for the community launched during April 2020 with a programme which is wide-ranging and varied. Colleagues have given their time and energy to create videos, virtual events, resources and blogs. These offer you the chance to connect with others, explore new ideas and skills and find out a bit more about your colleagues. Each week, we’ll be publishing details of what is coming up in George’s Weekly. 

St George’s Dance

Harriet Russell and Emily Cooper (Fashion Show), Aditi Mukherjee (India Society) and Shilpa Raj and Blessy Thomas (Diwali show) have organised a St George’s Dance video to the song "Better when I'm dancing" by Megan Trainor for staff and students to learn. We will be splitting the dance up into parts which will be published each week in St George’s Weekly. 

Watch part one tutorial here

The full video can be seen here:

Keeping fit and healthy during lockdown

As part of the Thrive during Covid-19 project, Senior Lecturer David Rees, with help from his colleagues, has produced a video for staff on keeping fit and healthy in lockdown. The video includes:

  • Ideas and inspiration for exercising in the current circumstances.
  • Reasons to increase the amount of exercise you take.
  • Ideas to get you moving during the day and reduce sedentary ways of living/working.

Watch the video here

David is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked in professional sports, private practice and the NHS. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students on physical activity and exercise promotion and the avoidance of sedentary behaviour.

Upcoming events

Friday 29 May at 12.00noon – ‘Virtual’ SGUL Quiz, hosted by Professor Andy Kent, Executive Dean & Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London.

Everyone welcome.

Monday 1 June at 6.50pm for 7pm - Monday Movie Night

Join Kirsten Hylan and Glen Delahaye to watch Jurassic Park together at 7pm.  The film is available on Amazon Prime for those who have an account, or for rent on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play from £2.49.  We will be setting up a Teams invite for 6.50pm, so we can discuss as the film as it goes along, or join us at the end (the film is 126 minutes long).

Jurassic Park (1993)

Action, Adventure

A pragmatic palaeontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Reminisce about a time when there were only four channels on TV, the first internet browser was released and the record for the highest grossing film of all time was broken by Jurassic Park – now available in your home, via the internet.

To sign up for all events, please email June at

Our film gurus have also recommended the following films to watch:

Searching (2018)

Drama, Mystery

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

May appeal to those who cannot get enough of Microsoft Teams calls, as the film is set entirely on computer screens and smartphones.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Adventure, Comedy

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.

Ace in the Hole (1951)


A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Explores the balance between reporting a story accurately and reporting a story in whatever way sells the most newspapers. The film also shows how a gullible public can be manipulated by the press.

Rear Window (1954)

Mystery, Thriller

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

With the protagonist unable to walk, the entire film takes place in one apartment. Much like many people’s lives these days.

Past events

‘Virtual’ Drinks with Rachael Bevilacqua, Head of Student Conduct and Compliance, Governance, Legal and Assurance Services

Thursday 21 May at 5pm. 

A laptop and a glass of wine.

Virtual lunch, hosted by Professor Deborah Bowman

Tuesday 5 May from 1pm-1.30 pm

Knitting for Beginners session with Julie Leeming and Susan McPheat

Friday 15 May at 12.30pm


Knit pic 1


Past events

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The St George’s Athena Swan Network Events

 A picture of Dr Jill Armstrong.

Wednesday 5 February: ‘Everyday inclusion: better together’: Dr Jill Armstrong, a Bye-Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge spoke about her research and practice exploring gender, work and careers.




  • Monday 13 January 2020: Lunch and Conversation: An Informal Networking Event.

We would like to invite all members of staff at St George’s, University of London to our next Athena Swan Network event. The event will be an informal lunch with the opportunity to meet, talk to and network with colleagues from across the University. During the lunch, we will pause to hear from three members of staff who will be in brief conversation with Deborah Bowman.

SWAN-Lunch and Conversation

For more information, download the event poster (PDF).

Dame Clare Marx speaking to Prof Jenny Higham at an event.

  • 12 November 2019: Inspirations, Innovations and Ideas series of events: Niall Dickson CBE ‘The NHS long term plan - does the emperor have any clothes? Listen to the lecture on Panopto (login required).

  • 29 May 2019: Inspiration, Innovation and Ideas: Baroness Amos CH, "Running to Stand Still" (pictured below). Listen to the lecture on Panopto

Attendees at the Baroness Amos Inspirations event.

  • 12 June 2019: The St George’s Athena Swan Network Event: “Kindness, Collaboration and Coriander – A Recipe for Success" event with Pinky Lilani, CBE, DL chaired by Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St Georges, University of London.

A photo of attendees at Pinky Lilani's event.

  • 23 January 2019: A conversation with Angela Saini, the author of Inferior

  • 3 October 2018: Women Leaders in Conversation

  • 3 May 2018: Imposter Syndrome, a talk by Vivienne Parry, OBE

  • 10 October 2017: Leadership – from Oxfam to a Cambridge College – Dame Barbara Stocking

THRIVE events
  • Working Well When Times are Hard – 18 March 2019

Everyone experiences times when what is happening in our lives causes worry, stress and pressure. It may be illness, caring responsibilities or significant life events such as bereavement or divorce. What does it mean for our working and professional lives when times are hard? How can colleagues support each other? How open should you be? Are there times when it is right to stop working? What is helpful for those who are experiencing difficult times? 

At lunchtime on Monday 18 March, Professor Deborah Bowman was in conversation with three members of staff to explore their experiences of working well when times are hard and to reflect on what she has learned from working with cancer. Professor Anthony Albert, Professor Hannah Cock and Meg Errington joined her for the conversation.

  • Are We Moving Enough? Physical wellbeing for all at St George's – 4 November 2019

At this event, Professor Deborah Bowman led a session on physical wellbeing for all at St George's, with speakers including:  

Jo Dawes is a physiotherapist, lecturer and the course leader of the MSc(pre-reg) physiotherapy programme at St George’s. She is a keen cyclist, swimmer and runner and her research includes exploring physical activity interventions for minority and excluded groups. 

David Rees is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked in professional sports, private practice and the NHS. He teaches to both undergraduate and postgraduate students on physical activity and exercise promotion and the avoidance of sedentary behaviour. 

The speakers recommended you read the Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guildelines.


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