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As a linguist, I feel very strongly about words and their definitions. It may also be partly because I had to learn English as a second language. I believe words play a huge part in our lives. They create our reality through the stories we tell and the narratives we use.

Words such as ‘wellbeing’ and ‘resilience’ are no exceptions. Within our institutions, these two words are being used increasingly by staff and students. I would like to start with a definition of these two words so that we are all singing from the same song sheet. I will then discuss what I think the role of tutors is related to them.

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