Wellbeing Activities - Monthly Focus

Below is a list of activities and initiatives that the Wellbeing Team will be focusing on every month that you can take part in.

Diabetes Awareness Week

Diabetes Awareness Week 14-20 June

During the week, we will be sharing personal stories of living with Diabetes and sharing some of the fantastic research conducted by our very own staff at the University of Aberdeen. 


University geophysicist David Cornwell talks about how the pandemic and change in the working environment has affected him and the management of his condition. 

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Aberdeen graduate and former regius professor JJR Macleod guided a team in the discovery of life-saving insulin. But as the world marks the centenary of the breakthrough, which transformed Type 1 diabetes from a death sentence to a manageable condition, his name is frequently omitted from celebrations. We explore how JJR Macleod became the forgotten man of insulin discovery and examine the efforts to restore his place in history 100 years on.

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Just months after graduating from the University in 1922, RD Lawrence was facing a short and certain death sentence. But a breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes – the discovery of insulin pioneered by the team of another Aberdeen graduate – saved his life at the very last minute. We look at the extraordinary story of Lawrence and how the impact of what he ‘gave back’ to the diabetes community can still be felt today.

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Previous Months

June 2021 - Men's Health Week and Diabetes Awareness Week.

May 2021 - National Walking Month.

April 2021 - Stress Awareness Month.

March 2021 - National Bed Month.

February 2021 - Time to Talk day and Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Week.

January 2021 - New Year New You, Dry January and Sugar Awareness.

If you would like to know more about any of the topics covered in 2021 please contact wellbeing@abdn.ac.uk

Get involved

Corporate Games

After the hugely successful Games debut in 2019, we are bringing the ultimate multisport festival back for Round 2.

Open to all staff - regardless of age, gender, sporting ability or level of fitness. For details of each event including competition dates and training times please see the brochure and to sign up to the event(s) contact The Wellbeing Team

Following UK and Scottish Government advice in respect of the current coronavirus pandemic, all upcoming events have now been postponed until further notice.

Fitness Challenge

We had great fun taking part in the fitness challenge! It was a tough challenge but with a great team effort we finished in 7th place on the leaderboard.

Can you spot the university team members in these photos?

Language Groups

Conversational language groups have moved online!  Please join.  The staff group has joined forces with the student language cafes and staff at RGU.  We meet regularly to practice conversing in different languages.

The main groups we have at the moment are French, German, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. However if there is enough interest in practicing other languages, then new groups could be formed.  To join an existing group please contact one of the hosts below.  To start a new language group please fill in this online form.

For Arabic, please contact Sue Bradley.

For French, please contact Elaine Fitzgerald

For German or Norwegian, please contact Claire Bell.

For Italian, please contact Ailhlin Clark

For Spanish, please contact Chloe Bruce.

All levels are welcome- you can join in the conversation as much as you feel comfortable with.

Hope to see some new people soon.

UoA Collections Big Draw

UoA Collections Big Draw Activity Page

As part of the international Big Draw festival this year, we’ve created an online activity page inspired by the University of Aberdeen Collections. Dip in and Draw!

Drawing from the Collections
Visit our webpage and take a 15 minute time out to draw along with one of our curators. This is not about creating a masterpiece. It's about enjoying time out with paper and pencil. We've chosen a jade water buffalo, a hawk from the Aberdeen Bestiary illuminated manuscript, a woven ball and a plant illustration for you to doodle.

Drawing Without Seeing
Have a go at our "Drawing Without Seeing" challenges where we describe a mystery object and invite you to draw what you think it might look like. How close can you get?

Drawing Inspiration
We hope you will enjoy this resource and draw inspiration from our collections.