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In June and July, staff can enjoy a range of free events to promote a healthy working environment and good mental health.

The University recognises that a safe and healthy environment is essential to wellbeing, motivation, performance and creativity. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to attend activities during the Festival of Wellbeing.

Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations

The programme for this year’s Festival of Wellbeing is now available online. The Festival takes place between Monday 25 June and Friday 6 July, with events at many different locations across the University.

Staff wellbeing is important to the University, and all staff are encouraged to explore and take advantage of events offered in the Festival of Wellbeing. As outlined in its People Strategy, the University aims to provide a healthy, happy and purposeful environment for all staff that promotes their wellbeing and enables them to achieve their personal goals.

A range of events is on offer at the Festival of Wellbeing, from sports sessions, dog-walking, singing and meditation, to garden tours, yoga, and health check-ups. There are also lectures on various topics to do with mental health, work-life balance, and managing work demands, including:

  • 'How to Walk on Sunshine' by writer mental health campaigner Rachel Kelly (25 June)
  • 'Total Worker Health - Its International Reach' by Professor Dame Carol Black (27 June)
  • 'Breaking Free From the Acceleration Trap: How Organisations Can Fight Burnout and Foster Wellbeing' by Dr Jochen Menges (6 July)
  • 'Perfectionism – friend or foe?' by clinical psychologist, Dr Jan van Nierkerk (2 July)

All events are free of charge and everyone is welcome.

To see the full programme and to book events, visit the Festival of Wellbeing website.