See the Wellbeing Activities tab below to find out what's happening throughout this years BeWell and Inclusion Week 2021

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.

BeWell and Inclusion Week, 25th-29th October 2021

The week will follow the Scottish Association of Mental Health ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ Framework and will promote a range of opportunities for staff to embed wellbeing into all aspects of their lives. The week is packed full of activities, with something for EVERYONE to enjoy whether you are on campus or working from home.

You are also encouraged to share your views, experiences and wellbeing wishes on our wishing tree, which will be stationed in the Student Union Building, Food Court Monday-Friday.

Monday 25th October

Connect

Student Union Building, 11:30-13:30

Take some time for yourself during from your busy day and join us for a FREE fly cup and cake. You can also learn more about our staff networks, what they do, who they support and how they can support you. You might even win a prize or two.

 

Cruickshank Gardens 14:00-15:00 Book your space here

Connect with Nature in our guided walking tour through the beautiful University Botanic Gardens. This beautiful and peaceful 11-acre Garden offers year-round interest to visitors. It has shrub borders, a rock and water garden, sunken garden, rose garden, herbaceous border and an arboretum, and houses a nationally important collection of over 2500 labelled plants.

Tuesday 26th October

Be Active

Elphinstone Lawn 11:30-15:00

We have teamed with ASV to bring you a mini sports day!! The day is packed full of fun and light-hearted games. Come on down to Elph Lawn and hop around on one of our space hoppers or have a go at welly boot tossing!  You can also claim your ‘Wellbeing Pack’ and some ASV passes so you can enjoy a free ASV lifestyle pass, or if you have a membership already give this pass to a friend or member of your family to come along with you and enjoy a day at ASV.

More information about UoA staff access to ASV can be found here.

 

Foresterhill Campus 12:30-13:00 Book your space here

Join Chris Osbeck for his ‘Daily Mile’ walking in and around the campus grounds. Ask him any active travel related questions while enjoying your leisurely 1-mile walk. Meet point is at steps by the Polwarth Building.

Wednesday 27th October

Take Notice

Mindfulness Book your space here

Join Colette Savage, certified Mindfulness Instructor, for an in-person Mindfulness session!

Mindfulness improves the overall health of our body and mind. This simple practice will help train your brain to release anxiety and move into a resourceful state. It can be very effective at enabling your brain to become more flexible and focused, so you can choose where to put your focus and stimulate positive reactions in your body to support your wellbeing.

 

Mindfulness in Motion Book your space here

Join Lorraine Hawick, certified Qigong Instructor for an in-person Mindfulness in Motion session!

Qigong (pronounced ‘Chi-Gong’) - aka Mindful Movement - is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that uses gentle movement, breathing techniques and meditation to create and channel energy throughout the body, which can have profound effects on physical and mental wellbeing. Translated from Chinese, ‘Qigong’ means to work with the body’s energy and develop skill with it.

 

Suttie Centre, 11:00-14:00

It’s #WellbeingWednesday at our Foresterhill campus!

The wellbeing team will be in the Suttie Centre Atrium, take some time for yourself during from your busy day and join us for a FREE fly cup and cake. Pop along for a chat, find out about our support services or join Jerry Morse who will be giving live CPR demonstrations.

 

Walking the labyrinth in Cruikshank Gardens anytime between 1300-1400 Book your space here

Join University Chaplin Marylee Anderson, for walking meditation.  The labyrinth only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the centre. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.

 

Choral Evensong, Kings College Chapel 17:15-18:15

We invite you to come along and enjoy this time of reflection in word and song (no booking required)

The University Chaplains will be hosting a beautifully reflective church service in which the song of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the even point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for contemplation.

Thursday 28th October

Learn

Collections Conversation: Looking at Art Mindfully 10:00-10:30 Click here to join online

Led by Peggy Beardmore who completed a PhD in Art History from the University of Aberdeen and is also a yoga teacher. Combining her knowledge of art history and mindfulness practices, Peggy will lead us through an eye open meditation, The Art of Looking at Art Mindfully, with one of artworks from our own collection. Come along, relax, and take an “art break”.

 

Student Union Building, 11:30-13:30

Thursday is your last chance to join us for a cuppa, cake and a chat.  Take your break with us today and recharge your batteries.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to get up to the Suttie Centre on Wednesday, not to worry, Jerry is joining us for more CPR demonstrations.

 

Discover Hidden Gems on Campus 1230-1330 Book your space here

Find out some fun facts and discover hidden gems around campus on our guided tour, hosted by one of the university’s very own Student Experience Team and a university graduate! She knows all the secrets!

Friday 29th October

Give

We are delighted end the week by launching our Wellbeing 2021-2024 strategy. Our commitment to you and your wellbeing at University.

Discounted Flu Vaccinations

The University is pleased to confirm that we have secured discounted flu vaccines for staff with Bairds Pharmacy. This service will be delivered in the King Street Practice and the cost payable to employees is £12.50. Please note that all individuals over the age of 50 will be offered a free flu vaccine from the NHS this winter so you may wish to wait for your appointment letter rather than using this service if you are eligible.

If you would like to book with us please complete the consent form and bring it to your booked appointment along with your payment.

All members of staff should stick strictly to their booked appointment time and should not attempt to come into the pharmacy any earlier/later. You will be expected to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) upon entering the pharmacy and while receiving your injection. There will be some seating spaced out within the pharmacy for you to wait until you are called for your injection. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 please remember to cancel your appointment and follow the national guidance. The pharmacy will be happy to fit you in at a later date.

For staff in the Shire or Tayside we would be delighted to offer the same price and ask that you contact the pharmacies directly to arrange a suitable time. The service will be available at the pharmacies in Dundee, Keith, Banff and Fraserburgh. Please bring along your ID badge to your appointment to be eligible for the discount.

World Mental Health Day

Join the wellbeing team for a chat and for information on the support and resources available to support your mental health and wellbeing at the university. You can find us at the Student Union Building on Friday 8 October and Suttie Centre Monday 11 October 11am-1pm.

You can also contact a member of the Mental Health First Aid Network confidentially. Our Mental Health First Aiders provide a listening ear and a safe place for you to discuss any mental health concerns. You can find the full list of MHFA here.

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.