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Wellbeing Week 2014 is on the way

06 Nov 2014

Wellbeing Week (10-14 November) is a week of FREE activities across campus designed to get you feeling good

Wellbeing Week

It’s a chance to discover some of the many opportunities on campus - to relax, to be active, to try something new – but most of all to help you to increase your personal wellbeing as well as have some fun. So get involved with the week and bring your colleagues along too!

What is ‘Wellbeing’ and why is it so important?

Based on research by the New Economics Foundation, the University has identified the Manchester Ways to Wellbeing: six actions to build into your day-to-day life in order to feel good and function well. In summary these are:

  • Connect – engage better with those around you and get to know new people
  • Learn and Discover – make time to try something new or rediscover an old interest
  • Be Active – find an activity that you enjoy and that suits you
  • Take Notice – of your surroundings and savour the moment
  • Give – do something that benefits others
  • Be healthy – look after yourself, stay safe and respect your body

To find out more about each strand, please visit:

Improving Wellbeing has a link not only to feeling better but also to functioning better. It helps with physical health, performance at work and quality of life.

The Wellbeing Week programme is built around these 6 ways to wellbeing, giving an opportunity to engage with each strand and to make us all thing about the steps we can take to reduce stress and find balance in our daily lives.

What activities are on offer?

In total, 104 events will be running as part of the week. All activities are completely free and most are drop-in, meaning you can decide to go on the day.

Download the full schedule of activities:

For the list of activities for which you need to register, please see:

Some highlights include:

  • Mindfulness – Wednesday, 12 November (5-6pm) Wellbeing Rooms, Precinct Centre
    This workshop introduces Mindfulness: the skill of bringing awareness to the present moment in a non-judgmental way and includes breathing techniques. It is a very useful skill to learn and can help you to deal more effectively with anxiety or low mood and to learn how to relax more easily.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (Fit Steps) – Tuesday, 11 November (2-2.45pm) Council Chambers, Students’ Union
    Are you an avid 'Strictly Come Dancing' fan? Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite- stars of the show have teamed up with six time world champion swimmer Mark Foster, a former Strictly contestant and an expert in fitness and conditioning, to produce a unique dance and fitness programme – ‘FitSteps’.
  • Staff coffee morning and nutritionist drop in – Thursday, 13 November (10am-12pm) The Atrium, University Place
    Come along to the Atrium for free coffee, cakes and advice from our drop in Nutritionist.
  • Free Swim – Thursday, 13 November (9am-4pm) Aquatics Centre
    Head down to the Armitage centre for a free relaxing swim, do a few laps or just have a splash.

All activities are completely free and most are drop-in, meaning you can decide to go on the day. For those you need to register for, see the full schedule here:

Follow Wellbeing Week

Follow the week on social media using #UoMWellbeing.