1st Edition

Towards the Compassionate University
From Golden Thread to Global Impact

Edited By

Kathryn Waddington

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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

Part I: The Need And Foundations For Compassion

1. Introduction: Why Compassion? Why Now?

Kathryn Waddington

2. From ‘Me’ To ‘We’: Change The Pronoun, Change The World

Maurice Irfan Coles

3. Darwin, Evolution And Compassion In The 21st Century University

Dermot Breslin

Part II: Compassion In Action

4. Action Learning As A Vehicle For Compassion

Kathryn Waddington And Yusuf Kaplan

5. Dreaming Of Compassion

Coreene Archer

6. Befriending Ourselves: Self-Compassion

Jenni Nowlan

7. Flourishing In The University Understory: Could Compassion Help?

Justin Haroun

8. Holistic Business Psychology Practice: Towards Building A Culture Of Compassion In Higher Education

Lisa Matthewman

9. Compassion: An Antidote To Neoliberal Higher Education Policies In England

Frands Pedersen

10. Compassion And Tolerance: Their Relationship In A Spirit For Turbulent Times

Yusuf Kaplan

Part III: Towards The Compassionate University


11. What Constitutes A Compassionate University?

Tony Belak And Kathryn Waddington

12. Care, Concern And Compassion In Higher Education

Patrick Pietroni

13. Concluding Remarks

Kathryn Waddington


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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.