Parents@TUOS coffee mornings

The Parents@TUOS network will hold quarterly coffee mornings to discuss different specific themes of interest to members of the group. These coffee morning events are open to anyone within the University. They will last no more than 90 minutes and tea and coffee will be provided.

Upcoming coffee mornings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Friday 15 June 2018
  • Tuesday 11 September 2018

Suggestions for themes are always welcomed so please contact Louise Preston ( if you have any ideas.

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Parents@TUOS Coffee Morning - Teenage pressures and how to deal with them

Wednesday 21 March 2018 // 11:00am – 12:30pm // ADB-A225 (BMS Conference Room) Alfred Denny Building

Tea/coffee and cakes provided

We will hear from three speakers working at the University of Sheffield on topics related to common pressures on teenagers and how we can help them deal with them. You will get a chance to hear about the topics below, ask questions and network with other parents from across the University.

Title: Social Networking and Wellbeing (Presenter: Philip Powell)
An aspect of childhood life that has changed dramatically in recent decades, and which is causing concern amongst policymakers, is the ubiquitous use of social media. Drawing on recent analyses of social networking use and reported well-being in representative UK surveys of young people, and participation in a recent parliamentary inquiry on cyberbullying and mental health, I hope to provide insight into the detrimental effects ubiquitous social networking can have on children's well-being.

Title: Change in Teenage Drinking Patterns (Presenter: Melissa Oldham)
Recent global trends suggest that young people are drinking less than previous generations. There are a number of factors which could explain reductions in youth drinking including the advent of social media, better enforcement of ID schemes or changing social norms.

Title: Transition to HE (Presenter: Paul Rodgers)
When our children go to University it is a major transition for them and sometimes even more for the parents. Challenges include parents' relationship with universities, managing data confidentiality, tension between the dual position of 'students as adults' and as 'your children', how to best prepare ​your children for University, and continuing​ your role as their 'supporter'.

Quarterly coffee mornings are for men and women (from all staff categories in both the Faculties and professional services and postgraduate researchers) at the University who have families, or are about to start a family, or are thinking about having children in the future.

This aims of the Parents@TUOS Network are:

  • To be a conduit for information
  • To support all staff and students through career breaks
  • To share best practice and ‘how to’ tips

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