Playful University Club

The Playful University Club hosts several meetings and activities each month. We aim to CO-CREATE and promote a culture that can foster PLAY. This Club is open to all University staff and students and is a wonderful opportunity to support a compassionate community using play. By becoming a member (“ally”) you will have access to our Teams site, an online space to share and develop playful academic practice, which will include information on thematic workshops and invited speakers, game nights, webinars, blogs, the Games Library and much more. Ultimately, we aim to make the University a place where learning is created and nurtured through joy, engagement, and play, where learning to solve problems and overcome obstacles are rewards in their own right.

If this is a YES! for you - please email Maarten Koeners: m.p.koeners@exeter.ac.uk

Have a look at our website too: The Playful University

 

Playful University Monthly Meeting - Wednesday 12th May at 7 pm

These monthly meetings are open to the whole University and will be informal meetings with invited speakers and guests with the aim to support a compassionate community using play. 

For our May Monthly Meeting, we will be joined by guest speaker Ted DesMaisons, author of Playful Mindfulness, for a session titled “Playful Mindfulness for Confidence, Calm, and Connection”. In this dynamic, welcoming, and fun 90-minute session, we’ll use activities and principles from the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation to free up spontaneity and build stronger connection—with ourselves and each other. You’ve probably never experienced Zoom used like this!

Likely exercises will include:

  • 1-2-3 and the Circus Bow—changing our relationship to failure
  • “.b”—a micro-mindfulness tool for getting present in any moment
  • Sound Ball—a classic spontaneity game retooled for active presence
  • I Am a Tree—using play to find the sweet spot that contributes your fair share and leaves room for others
  • Meerkat—tuning into and trusting what emerges with the group

Please note: no previous improv or mindfulness training is required. Those with significant chops in either arena will likely find new and provocative angles on what you already know.

These monthly meetings are open to the whole University and will be informal meetings with invited speakers and guests with the aim to support a compassionate community using play.

Book a (free) ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playful-university-monthly-meeting-ted-desmaisons-tickets-152075260197

 

Playful University Game Night - Thursday 20th May, 7 pm

Take a break and come spend some time playing games with us during our Playful University Game Nights on zoom! We will be hosting a fun and relaxed evening session and will be playing short games like ‘Just One’, ‘Bring Your Own Book’ and the recently enjoyed 'Codewords'. 

Book a (free) ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playful-university-game-night-tickets-152358148323

 

Playful University Game Morning – Wednesday 26th May at 8:30 am

Take a break and come spend some time playing games with us during our Playful University Game Morning on zoom! We will be hosting a fun and relaxing morning session, playing short games like ‘Just One’, ‘Bring Your Own Book’ and the recently enjoyed 'Codewords'. Could you please sign-up so we have an idea of the number of players? If you cannot make it – don’t worry you might be able to join the fun next month!

Book a (free) ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playful-university-game-morning-tickets-152359095155

We hope to see you there!