University using new app for students to counter winter wellbeing issues

The University of East Anglia (UEA)’s Business School used a new app to tackle wellbeing issues among students by providing digital pastoral support over Christmas

With news that some domestic and international students could not travel home this Christmas, UEA partnered with Studious Digital Education to deliver fun resources to help students stay connected. Working with academic faculty, they developed an innovative digital Christmas calendar filled with videos and tips on staying in touch for students.

“We identified that Ryze, our educational mobile app for the HE sector, had the potential to support students’ wellbeing through these unprecedented times. By working with academic faculty to create fun and light-hearted video content delivered as part of a festive Christmas calendar, we ensured students felt supported and connected with the university community over Christmas” – Ivan Mitchell, CEO, Studious Digital Education

UEA’s Business School faculty recorded short videos for students to ‘open’ each day in the lead up to Christmas. The videos included fun challenges, information on events that students could attend, and messages from faculty to students. With student wellbeing issues paramount, UEA and Studious created something to address student isolation and mental wealth.

“We were delighted that course leaders and representatives really engaged with Ryze and they came up with all sorts of challenges, anecdotes about their academic subjects and how they relate to Christmas. We’re a very international school so it was really exciting to see the different ways people across the world celebrate the winter holidays. Having photos of lovely food and videos from across the school every day brought a bit of levity during this very unusual advent” Emma van Haren and Jacob Millard, Norwich Business School, UEA

Ryze is a mobile app created exclusively by Studious Digital Education to support blended learning. An online platform calibrated for mobile, tablet and desktop use, Ryze features gamification and high-quality video content. It’s designed to deliver educational resources in a fun way for university students used to using Spotify, Netflix and Tiktok.

About Studious

Studious is an award-winning social enterprise that provides premium e- learning content for universities and higher education institutions through its interactive and intuitively designed learning platform Ryze.


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