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Towards the Compassionate University
From Golden Thread to Global Impact

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ISBN 9780367341817
March 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This book articulates a clear and persuasive argument for the development of compassion in higher education in a global climate of increasing competition, complexity and uncertainty. It makes a significant contribution to the concept and practice of compassion in the 21st university.

There is increasing recognition of the crucial role of compassion as a core concern in education, health and social care, and globally to ensure the future sustainability of humankind and the planet. Drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary, theoretical and professional perspectives, the book addresses the key challenges facing the 21st century university, for example regarding staff and student health and wellbeing. Compassion is a process that involves: (i) noticing that suffering is present in an organisation; (ii) making meaning of suffering in a way that contributes to a desire to alleviate it; (iii) feeling empathic concern; and (iv) taking action.

The book is relevant to academics, researchers, university leaders, policy makers, and students aspiring to develop their own understanding of the role of compassion in professional life.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Kathryn Waddington) Part I: The Need and Foundations for Compassion 2. Compassion and Education: From Golden Rule to Golden Thread (Maurice Irfan Coles) 3. Darwin, Evolution and Compassion in the 21st Century University (Dermot Breslin) 4. The Evidence-base for Compassion (Kathryn Waddington) Part II: Compassion in Action 5. Action Learning as a Vehicle for Compassion in Action (Kathryn Waddington and Yusuf Kaplan) 6. Dreaming of Compassion (Coreene Archer with Yusuf Kaplan and Kathryn Waddington) 7. Conservational Conversations Under the Canopy (Justin Haroun) 8. Compassion and Its Relationship to Tolerance (Yusuf Kaplan) 9. Faith in the System: Chaplaincy Facilities in the Inclusive University (David Morris) 10. Holistic Organisational Psychological Action: Towards Building a Culture of Compassion (Lisa Matthewman) 11. Self-compassion (Jenni Nowlan) 12. Compassion and Caring: Subverting the Market? (Frands Pedersen) Part III: Future Directions for the Compassionate University 13. The Practice of Compassion in Higher Education: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Reflections (Kathryn Waddington et al) 14. Towards the Compassionate University (Tony Belak) 15. Conclusion: Containment and Compassion (Patrick Pietroni)

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Kathryn Waddington is Reader in Psychology and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which was awarded (in part) for her contribution to the scholarship of compassion in higher education. She has written a single authored research monograph Gossip and Organizations, published in hardback and paperback in the Routledge Studies in Management Organizations and Society Series.