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University of Warwick Wellbeing Strategy 2020

The last few months have been difficult for so many people and personal wellbeing is more important than ever. In this context, we’re pleased to launch the University’s new Wellbeing strategy.

The strategy draws on the challenges we have faced during the pandemic and the dedication, creativity and energy from our staff and student community in meeting those challenges.

Dr Hannah Friend, Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding, said:

“The work of so many staff and students over the last year has now delivered a strategy with a key focus on a ‘whole university approach’. The Warwick Wellbeing Strategy champions both student and staff wellbeing so that everyone may thrive in our community. Its objectives are far reaching and the implementation plan is rightfully ambitious to support change towards a sustainable, proactive, prevention-based focus.”

You can read the strategy on the University’s wellbeing support services pages.

Background

The new Strategy was fully scrutinised by Warwick’s governing boards and given final approval by the University Council on 20 May 2020.

It supports the principles for a holistic University approach as set out in the recently launched Universities UK StepChange framework for mentally healthy universities, and also supports the principles within the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter for every university to become a place that promotes the mental health and wellbeing of all members of the university community.

Some of the actions are already being put in place: a local mental health services partnership group has been established; the development of an evidence-based mental health awareness training session for all staff, and collaborations between WSS and research colleagues have begun to identify how we can best support our students.