February

Regular Wellbeing Groups:

Menopause Talk and Support Group - Wednesday 22nd Feb 12:45 to 1:15 - online via Microsoft Teams. To book please email staff.wellbeing@hud.ac.uk

Staff Book Club - The next book we will be discussing is 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles.  We will be meeting on Wednesday 8th March 13:00 to 13:30 via Microsoft Teams.  If you would like to join us please email staff.wellbeing@hud.ac.uk

Staff Pop Choir - Resumes Thursday 26th January. We meet every Thursday (12:15 – 13:00) in RSG/01 Richard Steinitz Building.

Staff who are Parents/Guardians Meet Up - The next meeting will be Wednesday 1st March 12:30 - 13:00 via Microsoft Teams. This group is open to any staff member who has caring responsibilities for a child, and includes those who are pregnant or returning to work from maternity / paternity / adoption leave. If you would like to join us please email staff.wellbeing@hud.ac.uk

*New* Time Out Space for Staff - starting on the 10th January, every Tuesday and Thursday between 12pm and 1pm the Staff Wellbeing Room (SB09/07a) will be open to staff to use at breaktime:

  • Tuesdays 12pm-1pm - Relax and Breathe: in this session there will be low lighting, calming music, and on the tv screen will be 'breathing shapes' (a guided breathing exercise)
  • Thursdays 12pm-1pm - Guided Mindfulness: in this session there will be low lighting, calming music, and there will be an audio playing a range of guided mindfulness exercises. 

 

National Wellbeing Campaigns:

Thursday 2nd Feb - Time to Talk Day. As part of the 'Mind' campaign (a mental health support charity), they are encouraging more people to get talking about their mental health. If you would like to speak to the wellbeing team about this, please do contact us to arrange a 'wellbeing chat'. 

Sat 4th Feb - World Cancer Day. A day to raise awareness, educate and take action on cancer. See more info on the campaign here.

Friday 17th Feb - Random Acts of Kindness Day. See this month's staff wellbeing newsletter for some ideas of easy random acts of kindness you could do on this day. 

 

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Confidential Wellbeing Support for Staff

Find out more about our confidential service for staff wellbeing support. (This is a free service available for ALL staff).

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In-Person 'Staff Wellbeing Chat' Appointments

Sometimes you just need to talk to someone face to face. A wellbeing chat appointment with the staff wellbeing team provides you with the space to do just that!

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Regular Wellbeing Initiatives

Find out more about the wellbeing groups and events that take place on a regular basis.

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Wellbeing Information & Resources

Here you can find a range of health and wellbeing support on a wide variety of topics such as Stess, Anxiety, Bereavement, Healthy Eating etc..

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Staff Wellbeing Monthly Newsletter

Click to view the latest (and previous) issues of our monthly wellbeing newsletter - packed full of useful tips and helpful info.

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Staff Wellbeing Blog

Click to see the latest news and blog posts from staff wellbeing...

Meet the Staff Wellbeing Team

Maizy Jenner

Staff Wellbeing Manager

I am brand new to the university. My background is in both staff and student mental health and wellbeing and I am very excited to be returning to the university environment.

Bianca Sykes-Muskett

Staff Wellbeing Officer

I have worked here at the University in staff wellbeing for 4 years. My background is in academia and I have a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Leeds.

Lauren Clegg

Staff Wellbeing Officer

I have been with the University since April 2022. My background is in mental wellbeing and support work, having done a degree in Criminology, I then spent 8 years working with victims of crime. I am also a trained Person-Centred counsellor.

Our Space

We are based on level 9 in the Schwann Building. When you come out of the lift turn right towards Occupational Health. Once you go through the Occupational Health door, we are the first door immediately on your left (SB9/07a). 

We use our staff wellbeing room as the venue for most of our regular in person events, such as the book club and the menopause support group. 

We also have a selection of 'wellbeing books' available for you to borrow from our wellbeing library. Feel free to pop up and have a browse. 

Or if you would like to speak to one of our team for a wellbeing chat, email staff.wellbeing@hud.ac.uk and we'll make an appointment for you. 

At our University, we believe that our workforce is our greatest asset, and so the health and wellbeing of ALL our staff is a priority.  

Workplace Wellbeing Charter

The University is accredited by the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, the national accreditation standard that recognises an organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of those who work here. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to creating a culture that values health and wellbeing.

NDA Pledge

The University of Huddersfield is supportive of the campaign to not use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence complainants in sexual misconduct cases and has signed the Can't Buy My Silence Universities NDA Pledge List

We are committed to not using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to prevent individuals from reporting sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and violence and we will not use them for these purposes. We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our staff and students and condemn all forms of sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and violence - supporting individuals is a priority for us.

Our Values

Respect, trust, integrity and care are the key values that underpin our work within the staff wellbeing team. 

 

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Research suggests that we can all improve our overall wellbeing by including these 5 elements in our lives:

  • Real life connection with others
  • Being physically active
  • Learning new knowledge and new skills
  • Taking notice of the present moment, i.e. mindfulness
  • Giving to others - this doesn't have to be cash, it can be your time, skills, or support

 

The Staff Wellbeing Team considers these five steps as a guide when planning our range of staff wellbeing events and activities here at Huddersfield University. You can find out more information and resources about each of these steps here