Vice-Chancellor makes pledge for Wellbeing Week

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer has made a pledge in support of the University's Wellbeing Week.

Professor Beer has made a pledge to swim 1500m three times this week as part of a host of 'wellbeing' activities taking place across campus.  The ‘Make a Pledge’ scheme is just one of the initiatives taking this week to help staff and students improve their mental, physical and general wellbeing.

The 'Make a Pledge' sign-up board was stationed on University Square yesterday, where pledges included ‘giving up smoking’, ‘walk 10,000 steps every day’ and ‘don't eat flapjacks’! Staff and students can make their pledge online here.

[caption id="attachment_61081" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Staff and students filled the Wellbeing pledge board on the first day of Wellbeing Week. The first day of Wellbeing Week has seen staff and students fill the Wellbeing Week board with pledges.[/caption]

Activitites across the week

Free activities will continue to take place across campus including the following:

Tuesday, 10 May – 5K Campus Run, starting at 12.15pm. The 5k run starts from outside the sports and fitness centre and participants can register for this event here. The event is open to all and participants are welcome to walk the 5k course.

Wednesday, 11 May – Relaxation activities taking place across the Guild 11am-2.30pm.  Activities include colouring, knitting lessons, health checks and a mind apple tree.

Thursday, 12 May – Danceathon in the Guild, taking place at 12pm – 2pm at Mountford Hall. Different dances performed on stage by an instructor – anyone can get involved to increase the heart rate and have fun. More information is available at:

Friday, 13 May – Cycle day. Taking place outside the sports and fitness centre. Staff and students receive a free breakfast if they cycle into University and a ‘Bike Doctor’ will also be present to service bicycles. The University Sustainability team will  be on hand to give out information on cycle parking, security, and cycle routes.

For the full list of Wellbeing Week activities please visit:

Mental and physical wellbeing

On making her pledge at the start of Wellbeing Week, the Vice-Chancellor said: “It’s been fantastic to see the all the fun activities taking place across the University, and as part of Wellbeing Week, I’ve pledged to swim 1500m three times this week  - and to try and keep at it.”

“The wellbeing of our people at the University is of the utmost importance and I hope this week can help encourage new ways to improve both mental and physical wellbeing”.

More information

For more information about Wellbeing Week please visit:

Information on the importance of a healthy lifestyle can be found at: