Developing belonging

How does a sense of belonging develop?

Building an inclusive, warm, accepting and safe environment will facilitate belonging across our University. Together we’re discovering how we facilitate belonging. Collectively working towards creating an environment that supports belonging and enables all students and staff to flourish and thrive.  

How can I facilitate a sense of belonging?

Belonging is rooted in connection; every meaningful interaction can contribute to developing a sense of belonging.

There are many ways to build meaningful connections across campus. Some are through formal spaces – including accessing services and support, teaching, supervision, laboratory and seminar sessions and office hours. Others are less formal – for example, corridor conversations or ‘hanging around’ for a chat at the end of an MS Teams call. Key connections that students tell us are important in making meaningful connections include: