Research findings

Principle findings

Resilience Themes


Case study examples

Small groups in presentations, negotiation in the built environment, role-play and real disputes, personal time management, working in groups, extension of time, asking for help, Scenario over/ under budget


Mental health issues support for young professionals.,


Industry guest presentations, case study for discussion, ideas for problem solving, Final year students tutoring first or second year students, bringing in people from industry, industry interview assignment, Discussion on personal time management, signpost, capstone project, Group work, reflective practice covering specific attributes, Industry experience, working on site, site visit, Internship for part-time work before graduation

Protective factors

Capstone, problem solving, site visits, case studies, role play, group work, learning soft skills, mentoring, pastoral care, study plan, signposting, industry experience, work Experience, negotiation skill, knowing who to ask, train students to know when to release pressure, emotional intelligence, Support networks at Uni, Discussion on time management, Course scaffolding and incremental learning,


Balancing tensions, psychological well-being, maturity, life balance

Risk factors

Risks of going outside your comfort zone and challenging ideas, student overload, industry related stressors, working in groups, working as well as study, romantic involvement of students at certain age, poor performance, time management, not knowing who to ask causes problems, fear of saying the wrong thing, bad behaviours.


Methodology framework


Resilience was overlooked... there was a lack of training through my course... more would have been good

The work (on resilience and coping) that we do at ‘Uni’ allows us to build experience and understand people (more) easily and know what their weaknesses and strengths are pretty much – building capacity in ourselves!

currently working long shifts... have a bit of a foundation and understanding on those stresses would have been definitely useful... really how it works at the moment is trial and error – you learn as you go, you may stumble - then you get used to (the stresses) and the (working) environment

The people around me are the most useful tool that I have... talking with my managers and having open and honest communication with them about fatigue (for example).
At ‘Uni’ there is no real training to help you learn this...

Learning from staff with industry experience creates confidence in me... what I am learning is useful knowledge...these are sign posts of learning


Experience with projects creates confidence... to cope I take a break, drink some water, have a walk a relaxing moment to reflect and come back to it (the problem). This gives me a fresh perspective, fresh eyes.

There is a lot of people that I can go to them about how I can handle it (stress/ pressure). (In) Moments when there is too much on the plate... learn to speak up and iron out issues early on.

(...we learn coping skills) in assignments through exposure to “real” project conditions... visits to site... all help to enhance our ability...


They (guest lecturers) provide us with tips about group work – explaining that we will always work in groups (teams) and will have to (often) work long hours.

(I have observed) resilience training being provided by guest lecturers invited to come and have a talk to us and explain their roles and what to expect in the workplace.