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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:


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 by contacting

Step Count Challenge 2019

The headlines for this year's challenge so far, five weeks in.

  • 68 TEAMS signed up for this year
  • 148 MILLION STEPS have been counted
  • 68,000 MILES have been walked

Our University teams have walked the eqivalent so far of...

  • From St Andrews to the British Virgin Islands and back 10 TIMES
  • Around the Equator 2.75 TIMES
  • 1/3 the distance from the Earth to the Moon

Our teams have walked in various parts of Scotland...

  • The Fife Coast Path
  • The Great Glen Way
  • The West Highland Way
  • Mayar & Dreish, Angus Glen
  • Mull of Kintyre, and many more...

For our teams taking part this year, there is still time for you to book yourselves a place for the Step Count Challenge Post-Challenge Celebration | Tues 9th July | The Gateway.  Open to all team members participating in this year's challenge.

University Staff Networks

If you are interested in joining the network that provide 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.

Bird picture.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), 7PM - 10PM  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 particpate 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.

10K for Marie Curie | 8th June 2019

Join us for this annual walk in aid of Marie Curie. Staff, friends, family, and even dogs are all welcome!  png - daffy and writingThe route takes in some of St Andrews' most iconic sites and will take around 3.5 hours at a comfortable pace.

For those doing the Step Count Challenge this is a great way to combine stepping and spending time with family and friends!

To register your interest please read the 10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 225 KB) and complete our online Registration form.

CPR & Defibrilation training | 12 June 2019

The survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK is currently less than 10%.  ‌This is, in part, due to bystanders lacking knowledge of CPR, defibrillation and the confidence to intervene. Even minor intervention can greatly increase the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims.

Introduction to Dementia workshop | 3 June | 13.30 - 17.00

The basics of dementia and its impact will be covered as well as some strategies for making the most of retained skills for individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them.  ‌

The course will be delivered by Dr Maggie Ellis who leads the Dementia Friendly St Andrews campaign:

Book your place on this event.

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) | 13-19 May 2019

The theme for this year is Body Image which is a very relevant and important topic for many of us.  There has been a lot of focus in the media about the exclusionary body and beauty standards that exist within our society. Many movements and campaigns have come to the forefront to advocate and celebrate the diversity of shapes, sizes, and colours that bodies come in, and refocus our self-worth towards our other non-physical attributes, achievements and talents.

For more information and details on how you can get involved please visit the dedicated University MHAW page and the MHAW website.

Healthy Working Lives Survey 2019

Every 3 years the University runs the Healthy Working Lives Survey to find out how we're doing in promoting wellbeing, health, and safety for our employees in their working lives.

Participants have the ‌option to add their name (via a separate form) to be entered into a prize draw for one of five £30 vouchers for local retailers. This will not affect the confidentiality of your responses.

The survey is completely anonymous.  Please contribute to the University wellbeing and engagement programme by taking time out to complete this survey:

Fife Leisure Corporate Membership

*Now available to University Staff*

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group is delighted to confirm that the University has now joined the Fife Leisure Corporate Membership scheme!

This will enable University staff to receive a 20% discount on the usual fees. Staff can take advantage of this offer by showing their Staff ID badge when joining up at any of Fife Leisure's facilities. Existing members can transfer to the preferential rates at their request, provided they have completed their minimum term of membership and provide 30 days' notice.

If you have any queries please email

Step Count Challenge 2019 is coming!

The national 8-week challenge where teams of five make like a Pretender and walk 500 miles (or more!) is back! Starting on 29th April, teams from organisations across Scotland will join in with Photo taken from Autumn Step CountPaths For All's annual competition designed to get us all out of seats and walking just that bit more every day.

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group will once again be sponsoring University teams so registration fees will be paid on your behalf. Just get your team together and fill in the online sponsorship request form‌.

For more information see the dedicated Step Count Challenge 2019 web page.

50+ Pilates | 16th April 2019

Aimed at members of staff in te 50+ age bracket, this relaxing class will focus on the deeper muscles of the abdominals and back to improve your posture, strengthen your core, and improve your flexibility.

All participants are welcome, regardless of whether you have tried Pilates before or not. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in, and should you have your own exercise mat please feel free to bring that.

Book Now: April 16th 12.30-13.30

CPR & Defib training - 27th March 2019

Book Now: March 27th 12.30-13.30

This brief class with Henry Rae and Mike Fearons, University First Aiders, will teach the Instinctive CPR method.‌  There is very little to remember, but learning the method will give you the confidence to believe you could cope with a  real emergency.

No experience is required - just come along and get hands-on!  This class is also suitable as a refresher for those who have previously had training but have not done CPR for a while.

How healthy is your heart?

Find out with the NHS Check Your Heart Age Tool - the heart age test:

  • Tells you your heart age compared to your real age
  • Explains why it's important to know your blood pressure and cholestrol numbers
  • Gives advice on how to reduce your heart age

Fife Leisure Corporate Membership Update

Thank you to all members of staff who expressed interest in joining Fife Leisure's Corporate Membership scheme, which provides a 20% discount on the usual fees.

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group is delighted to confirm that the University has now applied to join the corporate membership scheme. The joining process is underway, and we will provide details of how to take advantage of this offer to all staff who expressed interest as soon as our membership is confirmed.

If you did not express interest, but would like to receive these details please email

Love Your Smile with Gentle Dental Care

Gentle Dental Care (in St Andrews) is offering a FREE New Patient Assesment (worth £85) to any University member of staff signing up for a 12-month membership plan.  This offer is only available until 1st June.

The New Patient Assessment is a 30-minute appointment which includes screening for gum disease, mouth cancer and x-rays.

Contact details for the dental practice - email: or tel: 01334 475 433

Fresh Produce Giveaway!

Email by Close of Business on Friday 15th February 2019 and win 1KG of fresh fruit & vegetables - FREE!  Winners are selected at random and will be notified by 20th Feb, with distribution on 28th Feb.


Wellbeing & Engagement Group

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

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