To utilise effective coping strategies to withstand, learn from or respond effectively to challenging situations and personal hardship, both predicted and unforeseen.


Resilience is what gives individuals the psychological strength to cope with stress and challenging situations. Resilient individuals are better able to handle adversity, respond to pressure and the demands of daily life. They can promote a positive mind set through a balanced work/lifestyle, demonstrating a high standard of self-management and commitment.

One of the key ways to build resilience is to focus on self-care. Much of this comes down to self-talk, self-regulation, and self-leadership; navigating our reactions to external events and ensuring that our inner voice does not undermine us amidst the difficulties.

Being able to effectively regulate your thoughts and emotions, as well as perceiving challenging situations as an opportunity, not necessarily a personal threat, has never been more crucial as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Resilience is the energy that powers us to develop a positive approach to life, making it possible for us to stay motivated and solve problems in the workplace. Therefore, with a resilient mind set, you naturally feel that day-to-day tasks at the workplace are more approachable. 

At work, resilient people are better able to deal with the demands placed upon them, especially where those requests might require them to deal with constantly changing priorities and a heavy workload.

More and more employers are looking for team members who are willing to take on new challenges (whether expected or unexpected) can withstand them and learn from them.

N.B. Resilience is a positive quality and should not be misperceived for being resistant which would result in a negative response and non-productive outcome.

Key behaviours associated with being resilient

  • Self-management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges
  • Drawing on support
  • Dealing with unsuccessful outcomes
  • Taking measured risks
  • Tenacity
  • Autonomy
  • Control
  • Responding effectively
  • Perseverance
  • Self-care
  • Commitment

Examples of Outcomes

Students should be able to: 

  • Self-challenge through an agreed process 
  • Seek help promptly and in an appropriate and agreed manner 
  • Respond appropriately to any feedback received 
  • Recognise that new situations are likely to be uncertain and present personal challenges 
  • Be flexible and prepared to try a different approach 
  • Show that they are reliable in following through with tasks and undertakings  
  • Show persistence and not give up at the first sign of difficulty 
  • Use a range of resources to help them achieve a goal or task 
  • Interact better with others and communicate more effectively 
  • Develop a sense of independence, responsibility and confidence in their own capacity 
  • Have a sense of optimism about their future and a belief in the meaning and purpose of what they do and how that will contribute beyond University and into their chosen career. 
  • View 'failure' as an opportunity to better themselves rather than a barrier to success

Curriculum Design Strategies

Include formative and summative assessments which put students outside their comfort zones and involve responses to external factors e.g. group/live briefs/projects, mock interviews, vivas, presentations, problem solving activities.    
Feed forward - Built into the formative assessment with reflections added to the summative. 
This attribute is linked to being ‘Adaptable

Curriculum Delivery Strategies (examples)

  • Community of Practice – Provide opportunities for the development of respectful peer-to-peer feedback
  • Student-led tutorials – Encourage students to appraise their strengths/achievements/areas for improvement in tutorials
  • Reflection – Provide opportunities for students to identify three areas of development during each module and discuss with Personal Tutor
  • Goal Setting – Ask students to set appropriate career resilience goals and describe the actions required to achieve them.  This could be linked to a skills audit
  • Networking – Ask students to explore their social networks (physical and virtual) that will support their resilience and help them to achieve their goals
  • Exhibition – Allow the students to showcase and present their work
  • Mock Interviews – Use the support of the IAB networks to offer industry-based interviews based around GAME
  • Simulations – Real-world simulations that will test how students will deal with issues and problems