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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: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

May 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.

  • Eating Well: Menopause - The two-hour session provides information about how our diet and lifestyle can affect the menopausal experience and what foods can cause, exacerbate and relieve menopausal symptoms. (17th May)
  • Food and mood - This session explore the link between what we eat and how we feel. Using interactives exercises, this session will equip participants to apply this knowledge to their own food choices. (19th May)
  • Your University: Your Wellbeing - This session will explore what the University offers to staff to help with wellbeing, and why it is important by focusing on some of the research. (27th May)

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).


Andy's Man Club

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 - 1 man every 2 hours!  We are a peer to peer support group for men.  Come and have a brew and a chat!  All group meetings are Mondays at 19.00.

To find your nearest group visit the website: www.andysmanclub.co.uk

St Andrews Group: University Chaplaincy

Reach Volunteering

Organisations like Reach Volunteering help connect charities and non-profit organisations with skilled volunteers. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.


FutureLearn | FREE online courses

FutureLearn is an online education provider that offers online courses from many UK and international universities, institutes and other organisations. Many of the courses are free but courses are only available for a limited time.  FutureLearn courses consist of prerecorded video lectures and readings that you can work through on a weekly schedule or when it's convenient for you. They also have student discussions on every page of the course. Some have online practice quizzes, homework or assignments. Official tests or exams are only available for students who pay for certification.

Some of the wellbeing courses you can take are:

To access the courses, you need to make a FutureLearn account on their website and then select a course to sign up.


Skills Network | FREE online courses

These courses are available at no cost to the employee or University. These courses are taken on a voluntary basis, and you can study in your own time. Support is provided by a subject specialist tutor and a learning support advisor who will assist you with your learning and assessment questions.

Some of the wellbeing courses you can take are:

For the full range of available courses, and application process visit the dedicated webpage.


April 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.

Loving Later Life: Flexible Yoga - Designed to develop and maintain flexibility, this 30-minute yoga class will involve yoga poses that are compatible with being seated for accessibilty. (7, 14, 21 & 28 April 2021)

Creative Writing for Wellbeing - Working with a published and experienced writer, you will participate in some activities and exercises that will help you develop and hone your writing skills. (19, 22, 26 & 29 April 2021)

Autumn Voices: Creativity and volunteering in later life - Robin Lloyd-Jones, esteemed Scottish author, biographer and social anthropologist, will be discussing his own experience of creativity and volunteering in later life, as well as some of the experiences of other Scottish authors he interviewed for his 2018 book, 'Autumn Voices: Scottish writers over 70 talk about their creativity in later life'. (19 April 2021)

Mindfulness - Mindfulness practice teaches us to stay in the present moment: paying attention, on purpose, to the present without stress provoking negative judgments. By becoming more mindful we can see more clearly the patterns of the mind and as a result find we have more choice and skill in how we respond to the challenges of our lives. (20 April 2021)


Step Count Challenge 2021

On 3 May 2021, the immensely popular national 8-week challenge where teams across the UK, organised by Paths For All, will be launching once again. The challenge will run from Monday 3 May to Sunday 27 June.

The University Wellbeing & Engagement Group is, for the sixth year running, sponsoring staff teams so your registration fees will be paid for you.

The closing date for Step Count Challenge team sponsorship applications is 16 April 2021, 5:00PM.

For more information please visit the Step Count Challenge page.


Flexible Working Forum

This forum is to provide information regarding the University's Flexible Working policy and the opportunity to ask colleagues who work in academic schools who have flexible working arrangements.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear experience of obtaining formal flexible working arrangements, how flexible working has changed their work/life balance and advice on how to go about getting flexible working.

Val Insch, HR Business Partner, will also be attending to provide policy and procedure information about flexible working.

This forum is meant for all staff of academic schools, both academic and professional staff.

Interested in coming along - book via the University course booking system  


Can Do Reading Lunch | Library and Museum Team

28th January, 13.00 to 14.00

Join the Library & Museum Team for a 1-hour group reading lunch

Research has shown that reading for pleasure has a direct impact on wellbeing, and sharing a love of books and reading with others can amplify the benefits.

COVID might have put a stop to your travel plans, but books can take you anywhere!

Come along with a favourite book that you would be happy to talk about and share with others. Lunch will be provided free of charge and each participant will receive a £10 Toppings and Co. book voucher towards your next read! Your recommended reads will go on an online display on the library community bookshelf and recommendations posted on the library blog.

Can’t attend in person? No problem, you can join us online via Teams!

Interested in coming along? - book your place via the University course booking system


Be kind to yourself and others

In the context of your work, here is some of the advice we are able to offer to help you 3 people and a heartexercise that:

  • If the 'big picture' is too much, focus on the individual tasks you can do
  • If you don't meet your set goals, don't puni‌sh yourself. Accept it and do what you can.
  • Don't forgive yourself, only to expect yourself to make up for it later
  • Only do the best you can with what you have, it's all anyone can ask of you

Jump Out of January | 8-week programme

For 2021, the Jump Out of January Lifestyle & Fitness Programme is being delivered online, due to Scottish Protection restrictions.  The sessions are designed to help those who wish to commit to making a change in their nutrition, fitness and mindset for a happier healthier start to the new year.

The course will consist of:

  • 8 x 45-minute online (TEAMS) fitness/lifestyle coaching with Callum Knox, Health & Fitness Team, running on Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15PM

Book your place via the University course booking system.


Wellbeing & Engagement Group
E: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

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