Christmas jumper day returns to Staffordshire University!
Staff and students at Staffordshire University are being encouraged to don a festive jumper this Friday to raise money for charity and boost their social identity.
For the third year running Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology Dr Matt Slater, an expert in social identity, is inviting people across the University to take part in Christmas Jumper Day by wearing a woolly and donating to charity Save the Children.
Research conducted by Matt and the Faculty of Health Sciences shows that having a strong social identity improves students’ approach to their studies (e.g., motivation), the support they gain from their peers, and the students’ overall experience.
Matt said: “We actively encourage a shared social identity at Staffs through activities that strengthen student belonging. Inviting all staff and students to wear their favourite Christmas jumper will further strengthen this bond and is one way that we are demonstrating, as a group, that we have common values about the festive period.”
Matt will hold a lecture on the day exploring the connection between Christmas jumpers and social identity with festive quizzes and prizes at 10am in LT3 in the Science Centre. There will also be a cake and Christmas bauble sale in the Brindley Building, and a prize for the “most creative” jumper worn by a student or member of staff.
Last year’s event raised £250 and Matt hopes this year’s fundraiser will be even more successful.
“We want this year’s Christmas jumper day to go above and beyond.” said Matt.
“It’s about promoting the University’s values and a sense of togetherness so we want as many of our staff and students to get involved.”
Students and staff are invited to make their donations at the Brindley building on the day or details about how to donate via text or online can be found here.
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