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University of Nottingham: Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy

In October 2017, in response to Universities UK’s StepChange initiative, University of Nottingham proposed their approach to developing holistic student health and wellbeing. This case study, written by Andy Winter, Campus Life Director, outlines how he led the creation of their institutional Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and what steps they are taking now this has been agreed.

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Moving from counselling-only to wellbeing support for students: Bournemouth University

In 2014 Bournemouth University decided to review the Student Counselling service provision it offered on campus to deliver a better and more holistic service for students. It worked with Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, who had previously provided the counselling service to reconfigure the operating model. The Student Wellbeing service came into being in 2015.

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University of Worcester ‘Suicide Safer’ Project

In September 2018, Universities UK and Papyrus launched new guidance to help prevent student suicides within higher education. Although new data published by the ONS showed that there is a significantly lower rate of student suicide among university students in England and Wales compared with the general population, there is no room for complacency.

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Working adults’ wellbeing: a randomised controlled trial of an online programme in personal goal-setting and action-planning

One way to improve the wellbeing of working adults is to provide brief training in setting and pursuing personal life goals. This was proven in a recent randomised controlled trial of a new online training programme developed at Royal Holloway University of London, involving 330 public sector employees across the UK. Participants reported improved wellbeing (greater life satisfaction, more positive emotions, less negative emotions, and a greater sense of purpose) five weeks after starting the programme and three months later.

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Active Mums Cycling

This case study is supporting the evidence part of the Family, Outdoor Recreation and Wellbeing review. It outlines a project supporting mums to cycle together and evaluated the confidence, activity levels, and wellbeing of participants.

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