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Weekly Research Seminar Series - Wellness predictors of achievement

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START DATE 14 October 2021


END DATE 14 October 2021

We are pleased to invite you to our Weekly Research Seminar Series on Thursday, 14th October at 3pm. In this week seminar, Dr. Lynda Hyland, Dr. Tenia Kyriazi, and I will be presenting our research on “Wellness predictors of achievement”. This seminar is also part of the ongoing Mental Health Awareness Week at Middlesex University Dubai.  

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Weekly Research Seminar Series

We are pleased to invite you to our Weekly Research Seminar. It will be held online on 14 October from 3pm via Microsoft team platform. Weekly Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008 and has featured 300 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions.   

“Wellness predictors of achievement”    

Lynda Hyland, Sreejith Balasubramanian, and Tenia Kyriazi 


MDX Dubai’s Wellness Office seeks to examine multiple aspects of the broader student experience to inform evidence-based well-being initiatives grounded in the student community's needs. In this presentation, the Wellness Office research team will share some preliminary insights from a project into student well-being. We will report the background and findings from one part of this mixed-method study initiated in early 2021. In this study, we collected data from 389 undergraduate and IFP students (mean age = 20.61; SD = 4.58), representing 53 nationalities. We administered a battery of standardised tests focusing on psychological constructs (e.g., anxiety, stress, depressive symptoms, procrastination), along with measures of academic outcomes, and demographic characteristics. While data analysis is ongoing, in this seminar we will discuss how procrastination has emerged as an important construct in student performance and how it mediates the well-being-performance relationship. We invite input from our colleagues, students, and guests regarding future research directions. 

Presenter Bios 

Dr. Lynda Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. A chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the American Psychological Association, Lynda holds an M.Sc. in Health Psychology from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Science (Psychology) from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties in childhood, student wellbeing and performance, health inequalities, and chronic illness management.   

Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, and Chair of the Research Committee at Middlesex University, Dubai. He completed his PhD from Middlesex University Business School, London. His areas of expertise include supply chain, operations management, disruptive technologies, sustainability, and knowledge management. His work has been published in leading academic and practitioner-focused journals, including Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Production, Planning and Control, and Journal of Knowledge Management. He has been a consultant for several public and private sector entities, and inter-governmental organizations. 

Dr. Tenia Kyriazi is the Deputy Director of Academic Operations and Associate Professor of Law at Middlesex University Dubai. She is also the Head of Law and Politics department, and chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Task Force for Happiness and Wellbeing at Middlesex University Dubai. Dr. Tenia is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). She is also a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) and the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre. Dr Tenia completed her BA in Law from the University of Athens (Greece), an LLM in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), and a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Athens (Greece). Tenia’s research interests include International Human Rights Law, International Organisations, International Judicial Organs, and Legal Education. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. 

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