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The Wellbeing and Engagement Group organises events, activities and promotions all year round, based upon specific monthly themes.  These news pages include:

  • 'Hot off the press!' which is up to date news and information on health and wellbeing events/ activities organised by the group;
  • 'Your Well Now' which includes your news, activities, outcomes, social activities/events and fundraising; and
  • Archives for the current years news.

'Your Well Now!' - submit information and news on your events/activities to:


The Wellbeing & Engagement Group would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.   Many of us take the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on the year, and decade, that has past and set resolutions for change and improvement.

In the same way that we are asked to set our objectives for work, we would recommend the same approach for a New Year Resolution; by being SMART:

  • Specific - have defined, unambiguous parameters
  • Measurable - use specific criteria to measure progress
  • Achievable - be reasonably assessed as atainable
  • Realistic - be compatible with your life circumstances
  • Timely - have a defined timeline with milestones

For more information about setting SMART goals, follow the link: Setting SMART goals

NEW email address for Wellbeing

Please note the email for wellbeing has changed to:

Effective Coaching ILM Level 3 Award

This programme is for staff who are willing to be deployed as a staff coach for a maximum of 2 hours per month post-course to coach colleagues. During the course, participants will be required to attend 4 workshops, undertake practical and written assignments.

The criteria for the selection process are a demonstrated interest in coaching, demonstrated interest in helping others develop and attendance of a previous coaching programme (Introduction to Coaching and/or equivalent). 

Competencies include the ability and willingness to: 

  • Build rapport and empathy 
  • Actively listen and reflect back 
  • Effectively use non-verbal language 
  • Ask effective questions
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Remain detached and non-judgemental
  • Challenge others constructively
  • Keep confidentiality
  • Respect differences

Application process: 

Applicants will complete an application for which includes support from your line manager.

Application Form

Further information:

Note that there is there is no cost to the participant. If you would like further details about coaching at St Andrews please visit the coaching website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Transition Pathway: Resilience

The relocation to the new Eden Campus has been on your horizon for some time. Now that this change is coming closer, this workshop will give you an opportunity to explore your feelings and emotions about it. Critically, this workshop will give you some important strategies to help you to move forward in the best way for you.

This interactive workshop will support your transition by exploring three key areas:

  • Dealing with change
  • Letting go and waving Goodbye
  • Key tools and techniques to say Hello

For more information please visit the Transition Pathway webpage.

Adult Art Classes

Dates: October 2019 to April 2020
Venue: Holy Trinity Church Halls, Queens Terrace St Andrews

Local Artist and former lecturer of Art at Elmwood College, Jaclyn Stuart, is hosting art classes for adults at Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Her classes include:
  • Drawing the Human Form
  • Drawing from Art History
  • Beginners Oil Painting
  • Beginners Acrylic Painting
  • Painting the Portait
  • Watercolour - Painting the Still Life

For more information, please visit the Eden Art St Andrews webpage.

Desk Stretches

Take some time to do a little moving and shaking throughout the day in the comfort of your office space.  Try these Desk Stretches (PDF, 914 KB).

Recruiting: WWOW Leaders

We are looking to expand our network of Wee Walk Once a Week Leaders.

We need more walk leaders to lead our roster of walks in the town and develop Walk Leaders for the Eden Campus Relocation.  If you are interested in training to become a WWOW Leader, please register your details by contacting

Due to technical difficulty in our Well Now! June Edition, we were unable to receive emails of interest.  If you have already submitted your interest please submit it again to and a confirmation email will be sent in response.

University Staff Networks

If you are interested in joining the network that provides a social calendar and other organised events, please contact

'Doing Art in the Bell Pettigrew' Society

The informal sessions start with refreshment and discussion, followed by dispersing around the museum to draw or paint. It's a great opportunity to meet colleagues and students from across the University who enjoy art in a fascinating and absorbing environment.

All staff and postgraduate students are welcome to join. No artistic ability required. Participants must bring their own materials. This is not an art class so there is no fee or formal instruction.

Sessions run on Tuesdays (fortnightly), 7 PM - 10 PM throughout the academic year (September to June). If you are interested in coming along or have any questions, please email Alice Carradice:

Dementia Friendly St Andrews

The group works with people in the local area to run and support fun and enjoyable events and activities within St Andrews that people with dementia can attend and participate in. The group has hosted fashion shows, concerts and afternoon tea fundraisers to name a few.

The group is always looking for volunteers that can support or host events and come up with innovative ideas for raising funds for research foundations.

If you are interested in participating in any upcoming events or wish to learn more, please go to their Facebook page or contact Dr Maggie Ellis at

University Staff Book Club

Meet colleagues and make friends discussing books - one evening per month.  For more information please contact Elaine ( 2331)

Dementia Support Group

A small friendly group that meets twice a semester (usually Mon or Tue) at 13.05.  The meetings are informal, you can leave when you need to - bring your lunch and eat with colleagues.  If you are affected by dementia in any way (and at any time) you are more than welcome to join the group.

For more information, please contact: - you can also request to be put on the mailing list.

St Andrews Skillshare Community

Learn simple new skills such as dry stone walling, breadmaking, knitting, knife making, pallet furniture/hut making, cheese making, laptop maintenance, languages, pruning/gardening and lots more.  Want to share your skills with others, or have questions, contact:

To view the skills on offer and keep up to date with any news, please visit the St Andrews Skillshare Community on Facebook.

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Wellbeing & Engagement Group

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email:

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