Resilience in Academia

Resilience is the ability the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Academic resilience therefore can be understood as the ability of students and/or staff to achieve appropriately good educational outcomes despite adversity.

It’s not rocket science. For positive progress of staff and students facing adversity, building resilience will help ensure their progress. Believing in potential is what educators and others in academia do so well, and we need to continue to find ways to support staff to act on that belief.

We all encounter adversity – different forms and to varying degrees. At times it will knock us; at times we may stumble; but we should never give up!

A former teacher, humorous yet thought provoking speaker, Shane Martin has many posts on resilience and has spoken to many teacher/education groups. Check out his site:




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