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1st Edition

Towards the Compassionate University
From Golden Thread to Global Impact

Edited By

Kathryn Waddington

ISBN 9780367341817
Published March 18, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

This book makes a significant contribution to the need for compassion in the 21st-century neoliberal university. Compassion is a process that involves (i) noticing that suffering is present in an organization; (ii) making meaning of suffering in a way that contributes to a desire to alleviate it; (iii) feeling empathic concern; and (iv) taking action. 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 wide range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and professional perspectives—including social sciences, modern Darwinism, intersectionality, higher education policy, and organization studies—the book addresses the key challenges facing 21st-century universities. For example, intersectionality and higher education, staff and student health and well-being, and responding to global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic.

The book is relevant to university leaders, policy makers, educators, researchers, university staff, and students aspiring to develop their own understanding of the role of compassion in professional life. It is an important marker of the compassion turn in higher education and what this means for contemporary academic leadership, followership, and pedagogical practice.

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 a Chartered Psychologist, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Reader in Work and Organizational Psycholog at the Uniersity of Westminster. She authored the research monograph Gossip and Organizations and cares deeply about academicpractitioner research and scholarship that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.