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Wellbeing announcements

Welcome to the Wellbeing Announcements page. This page contains information about the wellbeing campaigns, initiatives and events that are currently available to employees. Below you will find a summary of the most recent wellbeing initiatives to be publicised in the University’s employee monthly wellbeing newsletter, ‘Well Now’, as well as links to previous issues of ‘Well Now’.

You can sign up to receive the newsletter via email each month here: Sign up to Well Now

You can sign up to currently available wellbeing-related events and courses currently available on PDMS: Access PDMS

You can find out more information about the Passport to Health and Wellbeing Excellence Programme by visiting the dedicated webpage: Passport to Health and Wellbeing Excellence

Wellbeing announcements

September wellbeing workshops

The following is a taster of the workshops on offer, please visit the online courses booking system (PDMS) for the full list of workshops and programmes available.

  • Your Coach - Coaching is a confidential and voluntary development process, where the belief is that the coachee has the answers to their own problems within them. The coach is not a subject expert, but rather is focused on helping the individual to unlock their own thoughts and goals through a process of tools, listening and questions. (15th September)
  • Menopause Yoga - In this series of classes we’ll begin to explore how yoga can help you navigate your menopause journey; whether you’re experiencing physical changes such as aching joints, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia or hot flushes, or you’re feeling anxious, angry, forgetful or tearful (often all in the same day!). No previous experience of yoga is required. (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October)

Step Count Challenge | Autumn Challenge

On 25 October 2021, for the first time, the University is able to sponsor teams to participate in the 4-week long Autumn Step Count Challenge. The challenge will run from Monday 25 October to Sunday 21 November.

The closing date for Step Count Challenge team sponsorship applications is 17 October 2021, 5:00PM.

Wellbeing Champions, Officers and Directors

These roles are responsible for:

  • communicating and signposting available resources, services and activities to colleagues and students (where relevent)

  • communicating feedback on existing service provision and information on local needs to their School/Unit management teams and to University leadership (through the relevant forums/mechanisms)

  • organising/coordinating local initiatives and local participation in wider initiatives

The role is not intended to act as a health/wellbeing practitioner, tackle individual health/wellbeing issues, or manage ongoing health/wellbeing cases.

Over the next few weeks, these Wellbeing Champions, Officers and Directors will be introducing themselves to you and your colleagues. In the meantime, you can find more information about the role, as well as your school or units Wellbeing Champion, Officer, or Director by going to the webpage.

Wellbeing with Waterstones

Scared Sitless (Larry Swanson)

"Scared Sitless" offers an antidote to "sitting disease," that surprising new affliction which results when we plop down on our derrieres for hours on end.

It may not actually be "the new smoking," as so many headlines claim, but the consequences of our sedentary ways are definitely catching up with us. Fortunately, the remedy is straightforward: Develop better office fitness habits to sit less and move more.

This book sets out the science behind "sitting disease" and shows you how to fight it.

Well Now newsletter

July 2021
August 2021
Well Now Sept 2021 cover
September 2021 

To view previous issues of the Well Now newsletter please vist the Well Now archives.

Step Count Challenge

Step Count Challenge is a team-based challenge, that runs for eight weeks in the Spring, and four weeks in the Autumn. The Challenge is designed to encourage people to walk more and adopt more active and healthy habits. Each team has a captain, who is responsible for keeping their team engaged, motivated and to make sure each of the other four team members diligently keep track of their personal step count!

For more information please visit the Step Count Challenge webpage.

Wellbeing & Engagement Group


In Crisis Now?

If you or anyone is in immediate risk of serious harm:

Call emergency services on 999 (to call from a university extension dial 9999)

Call the University Security and Response Team (Open 24/7): 01334 46 8999 (to call from a university extension dial 8999)