Brookes staff will ‘Feel Good’ this February

Friday, 27 January 2017

Feelgood Festival 2017

Staff at Oxford Brookes University are banishing the January blues and taking part in the University’s Feel Good Festival which begins next week.

Teams from across the University have joined forces to organise the annual wellbeing event which offers a programme designed to support staff in looking after themselves and those around them.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience said: “Supporting the wellbeing of our staff is a key contribution to providing a positive staff experience at Brookes. 

"The Feel Good Festival is a great example of cross-University collaboration and provides an ideal opportunity to take stock of our overall wellbeing, learn some practical new tools and try out activities that we can fit into our daily routines.”

Supporting the wellbeing of our staff is a key contribution to providing a positive staff experience at Brookes.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Highlights of this year’s programme includes talks on happiness and feel-good food (also open to the community), on-site health checks, workshops on Indian Head Massage, relaxation and developing creativity, mindfulness and mental health first-aid courses and group winter walks.

The Festival programme encourages staff to make small lifestyle changes to fit in exercise, eat healthily and take time to relax in order to feel good and get the most from life at home and at work.

This is the third year the University has run the Feel Good Festival.

Oxford Brookes’ efforts in supporting staff wellbeing have been recognised by the Oxfordshire Sports Awards, which take place this evening (27 January). The University is a finalist in the Active Workplace category for initiatives such as Brookes Active; a collection of activities, events and campaigns at Oxford Brookes to help staff, students and the local community enjoy healthy lifestyles.

Earlier this year, the University launched the Brookes Active Workplace Challenge which was created to help members of staff monitor activity levels and challenge themselves to maintain exercise habits. 

More information about Brookes Active can be found on the Brookes Sport webpages.