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What's happening? Our programme of scheduled health & wellbeing events/ campaigns, as well as news and updates on recent activities. 

Fabulous February - 'Self-Care' month


Fabulous February - 'Self-Care' month

Self-care really can be whatever you need it to be, but you need to listen to yourself to really understand what you really want.‌

  • Assess your situation

  • Learn to say 'No' - and not feel guilty

  • Nurture with Nutrition

  • Move your body

  • Sleep well

  • Talk to others

  • Ask for help

If you would like to learn more visit the Counselling Directory's Guide to "Self-care at work".

Fresh Produce Giveaway

We are working to make nutritional wellbeing easier to access by giving away a kilogram of fruit and a kilogram of vegetables to 50 lucky subscribers. 



Only one entry per person, closing date is Friday 14th February with winners being notified soon after.

Give a cup a go | Menstral Cup Giveaway!

To raise awareness of period poverty, menstrual wellbeing and the need for more environmentally-friendly mentrual products, we are delighted to be working with Hey Girls - a social enterprise based in Musselburgh - lead a workshop (Wednesday 4th March; 17.30 to 18.15 - book your place) in how to use a Menstrual Cup.  We are also giving away Menstral Cups during the month of February.

If you are interested in receiving a menstrual cup, please email: to request either a small or large menstrual cup. Size information is displayed below:

Small: for those aged under 25 and not given birth vaginally

Large: for those aged over 25 or have given birth vaginally regardless of age

Terms & Conditions:

  • Priority will be given to those who sign up to attend the Menstrual Wellbeing Workshop

  • Staff may only submit one request for a menstrual and receive one menstrual cup

  • Staff who request a menstrual cup will be contacted to advise where they will be able to collect their cup once it becomes available


Many Dads' that we spoke to said they don’t know enough about periods to feel confident having ‘the chat’ with their kids. Chances are no one told them about periods when they were younger, or maybe they just feel a bit awkward and leave things to Mum.

‌We think it’s a bit nuts that around half the population has a period almost every month, but that they can still be seen as secret and shameful. We’re pushing for better education about periods in schools for all pupils so we can end the stigma around periods.

In the meantime, Dads have told us that they need a helping hand. So, we have created Pads 4 Dads – a quick overview by Dads for Dads – to help you have positive conversations with all your kids about periods.

Check out Hey Girls' PDF guide for Dads to help support you in talking about periods.

StAIGS | Interdisciplinary speakers' series 2020

The St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies (StAIGS) brings together staff from across the university with research interests in gender. StAIGS has over 100 Academic Affiliates across 17 schools. 

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research, encompassing the study of issues that range from feminism and women’s studies to masculine studies, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Gender Studies is deeply committed to an intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines, understanding that gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality are inextricably connected.  For more information visit the StAIGS Home page.

All the talks take place in: Edgecliffe Room 104; 13.00 to 14.00 (Tea/coffee from 12 noon in Common room) on the relevant dates mentioned below.

  • LGBTIQ+ - February 5th

  • Dictatorships - March 4th

  • Climate Crisis - April 1st

    Wellbeing with Waterstones

    ‌Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

    You can own your own home and want to build a blanket fort on a bad day. Hell! On a good day, too. Give yourself permission to seek praise, ask for help, and have something soft snuggled against your face because you're sad. You can pay your bills on time and still exclaim out loud when something is really f*cking cool, run a business and wear cat-covered thermals under your suit. You can take time to play, just because.

    Full of spirit and un-self-conscious enthusiasm, Ice Cream for Breakfast: Child-Like Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems is the permission slip all too-grown-up-for-their-own-good-but-secretly-scared-of-adulting adults need to locate their inner-child nestled deep within, so that we might all relax enough to laugh harder, wonder more, and marvel at magic on the daily.


    ‌It's About Bloody Time. Period by Emma Barnet

    Emma loathes her period. Really, she does. But there's something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it. Freely, funnily and honestly. Without men and women wrinkling their noses as if she's pulled her tampon out and offered it as an hors d'oeuvre.

    But somehow, despite humans having had periods since the dawn of time, we've totally clammed up on anything to do with menstruation. Why, oh why, would we rather say `Auntie Flo' than `period'? Why, in the 21st century, are periods still seen as icky? Why are we still so ignorant about such a fundamental bodily process?

    Now, in 'Period.', Emma draws on female experiences that will make you laugh, weep (and, most probably, squirm), in a fierce and funny rallying cry to smash this ridiculous taboo once and for all.

    ‌Eat Up!: Food, Appitite and Eating what you want by Ruby Tandoh

    Eating can be one of life's greatest pleasures. Food nourishes our bodies, helps us celebrate our successes, cheers us up when we're down, introduces us to new cultures and - when we cook and eat together - connects us with the people we love.

    In Eat Up, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, taking a look at everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive.

    Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.

January 2020 - Physical Fitness month


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 goalsBest of luck to those who are committing to a resolution this year.

Jump Out of January - workshop & 6-week programme


12.30 to 13.30


6-Week Programme
Date: 27th January for 6 weeks (Mondays)
17.30 to 18.30


Book your place on the 6-week programme.


Back by popular demand, improve your approach to physical activity and nutrition with a workshop which will give you the impetus you need if you're at the start of your fitness journey.  Following on from the workshop, you have the opportunity to book a personal fitness consultation, sign up for a 6-week get fit programme, Occupational Health assessment, or work with a workplace coach to help your changes stick.


Attending the launch workshop does not commit you to joining the 6 week programme – it will provide all the information you need to decide whether the programme is right for you.


A vegetarian hot and cold lunch will be provided.

Let's Talk: Menopause


Date: 16/01/2020
Time: 09.30 to 12.30

Book your place on Let's Talk.


The aim of the workshop is to discuss, inform and educate people on the effects of the menopause. This will encompass individual learning as well as group discussion, personal experience and theory.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Peri-menopause

  • Menopause

  • Post-menopause

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

  • Common symptoms of change

  • Healthy choices to consider at home and work

There will be many helpful reading resources and social networks to consider on completion of the workshop.

NOTE: All information discussed in the room will remain confidential.

Wellbeing with Waterstones

‌Mindset: Changing the way you think to achieve your potential by Dr Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.


‌How to Fail: Everything I've Ever Learnt from Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day

Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. It's a book about learning from our mistakes and about not being afraid.

Uplifting, inspiring and rich in stories from Elizabeth's own life, How to Fail reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individuals.

Because learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better. And everyone needs a bit of that.

 ‌Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to turn your fear and indecision into confidence and action by Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers' timeless advice is as important and relevant today as when it was first published: we live in an era governed by fear - fear of failure, of missing out, of rejection, of the future, of change, of not fitting in, of intimacy, of being alone, of growing old ... the list seems endless. We are also easily paralysed by fear of the things we need to do from driving or public speaking to making tough decisions or asking for what we want or need.

Whatever your challenge and whatever fears are holding you back, Susan Jeffers' profound advice, insight and tools will help you move from a place of paralysis, pain and indecision to one of energy, enthusiasm and action.

Wellbeing & Engagement Group

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