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The Wellbeing and Engagement Group organises events, activities and promotions all year round, based upon specific monthly themes.  These news pages include:

  • 'Hot off the press!' which is up to date news and information on health and wellbeing events/ activities organised by the group;
  • 'Your Well Now' which includes your news, activities, outcomes, social activities/events and fundraising; and
  • Archives for the current years news.

'Your Well Now!' - submit information and news on your events/activities to:


Essential Cycling Course - Cycle with confidence

‌This FREE course (usually charged at £20) aims to give those new, or returning, to the the saddle the neccesary skills to negotiate on-road journeys and includes bike handling skills, confidence on-road and road side repair knowledge.

Meet at Agnes Blackadder Hall @11.30 on:

  • 27 April

  • 18 May

  • 15 June

  • 17 August

For more information, please email:

Cancer Awareness Talk/ University Pathology Lab Tour

Date: 28th April 2017
Time: 13.00 to 14.00
Presenter: Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine) ‌‌

We are fortunate enough to have made arrangements for a fascinating and informative talk on cancer research, with Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine), which will include a number of facts and figures that are quite surprising. ‌This will be followed by a tour of the University Systems Pathology labs.

Since 1 in 2 of us will get some form of cancer during our lifetime, the cancer awareness campaign is a reminder that we can all reduce our risk by making healthy lifestyle choices. Dr Reynolds describes some of the facts and figures about cancer and also describes the process of conducting clinical trials, and how new medicines become available treatments for patients.

Grow your own food

Weekly garden sessions run regularily throughout the week in our network of 14 community gardens.  Visit the Edible Campus for details of the sessions.

Netball taster sessions

Date(s): 24th/31st May 2017
Time: 17.30 to 18.30
Venue: Sports Centre Arena Hall

Regardless of experience, when you last played or how fit you are - come along and have a go.  Sessions consist of: warm up, skills, matches and cool down. 

For further information please use the University's online booking system (24th May and/or 31st May)

Go St Andrews Testimonials

Transition University of St Andrews - logoLike walking, cycling, driving an e-car, bus/train, car-share - then Transition University of St Andrews would like to hear from you with any adventures you would to share. 

Share your stories of local sustainable modes of transport to help inspire others to use it.  If you have an adventure to tell and are happy for it to be shared online, email:

Albany Park Garden session

Join the Garden team every Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 as we prepare the site for growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year.  ‌There are many things to do from weeding, digging, pruning, mulching, planting, sowing and of course harvesting.  Or perhaps you just want to come along to get away from work and enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing and fun setting.

The University Community Garden session

Everyone is welcome to the University Community Garden.  We meet every Wednesday from 14.00 to 16.00 during term time (16.00 to 18.00 in Summer).  ‌We will be preparing the 16 beds for the growing season when we begin sowing and planting.  There is also a Forest Garden to look after with a number of fruit bushes, a bottle greenhouse and a pond.  Why not come along to learn new skills, meet new people and of course harvest your own locally grown vegetables!

Greenhouse Growing

Enjoy a relaxing and productive lunch break away from the desk.  seeds are sown, brought up, pricked out and transplanted in the greenhouse until they are ready to go outside.  ‌Learn proper propagation techniques in the greenhouse every Wednesday from 12.oo to 14.00.  when all the young plants move out, we use the greenhouse to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillies.  We are located at the back of the St Andrews Botanic Garden.

St Andrews Skillshare Community

Learn simple new skills such as dry stone walling, breadmaking, knitting, knife making, pallet furniture/hut making, laptop maintenance, languages, pruning/gardening and lots more.  Want to share your skills with others, or have questions, contact: view the skills on offer and keep up to date with any news, please visit the St Andrews Skillshare Community on Facebook.

Have your say! University Staff Survey

‌For every completed survey the University donated £1 to Dementia Friendly St Andrews.

Responses are anonymous to ensure staff feel able to give genuine feedback - good and bad.  There was also an opportunity to enter the Prize Draw where you could win a £40 retail voucher - this did not affect your anonyminity.

For more details:

Vintage Fashion Show

Date: 24/04/17
Time: 18.30 to 20.30
Venue: Holy Trinity Church

‌Organised for Dementia Friendly St Andrews.  Models and clothes wanted! - dig out your grandmother's opera dress, your great uncle's military jacket or your mums psychedelic 70s disco dancing outfit or other clothes with a story. 

Get in touch:

Step Count Challenge 2017 - Registration

Applications for team sponsorship are available on our Step Count Challenge webpage until 13th April 2017.

WOWW Edible Campus Walk

Image of apple on tree.Date: Thu 20th April 2017

Meet at 12.30 in the Careers Centre garden for this new walking route which includes John Burnett, Computer Science and University Hall.

Spring Triathalon (Swim 750m, Bike 23km, Run 5km)

Date: Sun 23rd April 2017
Starts: 08.00
Venue: East Sands Leisure Centre, St Andrews

Athletes 17 years and over are welcome to join in the Triathalon.  Price: £40 (£30 - members of BTF/TriScotland).

To Sign Up:

Saints Sport 5K Run

Open to students, staff and community, 5k timed run around University Park every Wednesday (12.30, outside University Sports Centre Reception).  Book your place anytime  either at the Sports Centre Reception or online:

For further information, please contact: Saints Sport ( or CAPOD (

Marie Curie 10K sponsored walk

Date: 3rd June 2017
Time: 10.00

‌‌Get some great physical exercise and help to raise money for Marie Curie. 

png - daffy and writingEnjoy a walking tour of St Andrews, including the West Sands, the Old Course, the Cathedral, the harbour, the East Sands and the Lade Braes.  The walk will take approximately 3 hours at a comfortable walking speed.  Last year more than 40 staff, students, friends, family (and 1 dog) took part in the walk, this year our target is 100!

It’s also an ideal opportunity to prepare for the Step Count Challenge (if you’re taking part).  The Wellbeing and Engagement Group will make a contribution for every km walked, you can also organise your own sponsorship to help increase funds raised.

10k Walk for Marie Curie flyer (PDF, 187 KB)

10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 243 KB)

Marie Curie sponsorship form (PDF, 1,000 KB)

To register your place on the 10k sponsored walk, please complete the online registration.

Bike to Work Breakfast

Bicycle with breakfast plates as wheelsDate: 12th April 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansefield Building (opposite Students' Union)

Cycle to work on 12th March and get a free breakfast to sit-down or takeaway!  Network with colleagues whilst enjoying your breakfast.

Bike to Work Breakfast

Bicycle with breakfast plates as wheelsDate: 29th March 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansefield Building (opposite Students' Union)

Cycle to work on 29th March and get a free breakfast to sit-down or takeaway!  Network with colleagues whilst enjoying your breakfast.

Dementia, law and workplace good practice workshop

Date: 17th March  2017
Time: 13.00 to 16.00
Venue: Seminar Room 3 (St Andrews Community Hospital)

Learn about what dementia is, it's early signs/symptoms, an employer's legal obligations, ways of support to continue in employment if you have dementia/are a carer, sources of support for employers and employees with regard to dementia.

For more information and booking, please contact: Health Promotion Workplace Team, E: - T: 01592 226888

Edible campus WWOW walk

Image of apple on tree.Celebrate the begining of spring with an Edible Campus WWOW walk and discover some of the edible spaces within central St Andrews.  Meet at Gannochy Quad on Tuesday 21st March (12.30 to 13.00).


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge‌

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work:

  • on foot,
  • by bike,
  • by public transport or
  • car-sharing. ‌

You can also log a 'work at home' day if it means you don't have to travel to the office on your own by car and you can also log virtual meetings (you'll need to tell us how far you would have travelled and which travel mode you would have used). It's great fun and there are also a wide range of prizes on offer for individuals and groups.

banana image and writingPerhaps most importantly, cycling and walking are great ways of incorporating physical exercise into your day and using public transport, lift-sharing, home-working and video-conferencing are great ways to help reduce congestion and all can save you money. This helps you look good, feel good, and do your bit for the environment too!

Sign up and help your department compete and win prizes:

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Theme: Active mental health and the importance of exercise.
Date: 02/03/17

Green people circle.A special WWOW walk and talk has been organised for the day, the walk will be around the East Sands!  Stay active and get to know other members of the University.  Join us on Thursday 2nd March at 1pm - for further details please send an email to: with the subject line "walk and talk".

100th member, Wee Walk Once a Week (WWOW)

WWOW was delighted to welcome its 100th member – Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone. Professor Mapstone joined staff and students to walk the East Sands Loop, a 30-minute walk starting at the Cathedral and taking in the harbour and the East Sands.

Group picture of WWOW walk.Professor Mapstone commented on the initiative: “I am a great believer in ‘mens sana in corpore sano’, a healthy mind in a healthy body. I find walking really good both for clearing the mind and for encouraging reflection, and the benefits are even better when the walk takes place in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrews. Walking in the excellent company of our staff and our students has been an added bonus. I really commend this project and would encourage all St Andreans to join in when they can.

WWOW aims to provide a community activity not connected to people’s jobs or study, and to encourage all staff and students to be more physically active during the working day. The scheme also offers the opportunity to become a trained ‘walk leader’. Join the group via WWOW’s webpage.

No Smoking Day

Date: 08/03/17

Smoking is the single biggest killer of people in the UK, with over 4,000 chemicals in one cigarette, including rat poison, toilet cleaner and nail varnish remover. Stopping smoking is the best things you can do to improve your health. After:no smoking sign

  • 20mins - blood pressure and pulse return to normal;
  • 24 hours - Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and lungs;
  • 48 hours - No nicotine left in the body. The ability to taste and smell improves;
  • 3-9 months - Coughing and wheezing decline;
  • Other benefits and coping with withdrawal symptoms. (PDF, 173 KB)


The following are additional resources available:

Quit smoking workbook (PDF, 1,275 KB)

10 minutes to change your life - time to quit (PDF, 383 KB)

The benefits of stopping smoking (PDF, 173 KB)

What makes smoking so dangerous (PDF, 314 KB)

Bike to Work BreakfastBicycle with breakfast plates as wheels

‌Date: 20th February 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansfield Building (opposite Students' Union)

A specialist from the St Andrews Bike Pool will be on hand for advice and help with bike maintenance and quick repairs.

Strictly DDMIX dance

Dates: 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th March and 13th March (4 block session)
Time: 17.30 to 18.30

‌The aim of DDMIX is to get people moving without being intimidated by the word 'dance' or the technicality of the steps, but instead to give a full body workout that is such fun that you don't even notice that you are exercising. words of different dance imageWith the vast number of dance styles around the world to choose from, no one will ever get bored!

To book your place on this block of Dance sessions, please book via the online booking system (PDMS):

Fresh produce giveaway!

With generous support from Andersons and Kettle Produce, we are giving away fresh fruit and veg to help you towards your '5-a-day' - absolutely free!  ‌

Register your name to enter our draw for a chance to receive 2kg of fresh fruit and veg - by Friday 17th February 2017Email:

Fairtrade chocolate giveaway

Enter our draw (by Friday 17th February 2017) for a free 100g bar of Divine 70% Dark Chocolate!  Email:

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‌Did you know ...
A 100g bar of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa contains:

  • 11g of fibre
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper
  • 98% of the RDA for Maganese

and plenty of Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium.

Saints Fitness for staff

Staff membership is available along with a range of services to help you improve your fitness Blue textand reach your goal.

‌‌Fitness Services - include Personal Trainer; Strength & Conditioning; Fitness Consultation and Personal Exercise Plans.

Fitness exercise classes (different levels) - include Chi-gong; Zumba; Circuits; Boxfit; Yoga, Pilates and more.

Jump into January+

Date: 24/01/17
Time: 12.30 to 13.30

‌A one stop workshop to give you the impetus you need to get healthy and fit, start 2017 by improving your approach to physical activity and nutrition.   HealthFollowing on from the workshop, you have the opportunity to book a personal fitness consultation, sign up for a 6 week get fit programme, occupational health assessment or work with a workplace coach to help your changes stick. 

New for 2017 – participants will be supported throughout the programme by weekly group interactions with a personal trainer.  There will also be a fun team element to the programme.  All will be revealed at the launch workshop.

To book your place, please visit PDMS: - further details on the programme can also be found in this description.

Wellbeing & Engagement Group

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

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