Staff banish the January blues with the Feel Good Festival

Monday, 22 January 2018

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From Monday 29 January, staff at Oxford Brookes University will be kick-starting their new year’s resolutions by taking part in the University’s annual Feel Good Festival.

For the fourth year running, teams from across the University have come together to offer a two-week wellbeing 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 colleagues is very important to us; we want to nurture happy and healthy staff who can give their best to our students and the wider University.

Supporting the wellbeing of colleagues is very important to us; we want to nurture happy and healthy staff who can give their best to our students and the wider University.

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

“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 skills and try out activities that we can fit into our daily routines.”

Highlights of this year’s programme include workshops on developing creativity and food foraging, health and lifestyle consultations, lunchtime Latin and ballroom dancing, yoga and pilates classes, meditation for relaxation sessions, craft classes and courses on mindfulness and ‘couch to 5k’ running. 

Lectures on positive psychology for wellbeing and success, and dance and its relationship with health, hormones and thinking are also open to the community.  

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. 

The Feel Good Festival is part of the wider staff experience initiative at Oxford Brookes University, which is committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive working environment which supports colleagues to flourish and to enjoy what they do. 

The University’s efforts in supporting staff wellbeing have been recognised by the Oxfordshire Sports Awards, which took place on Friday 19 January. The University was a runner-up in the Active Workplace category for its Brookes Active initiative; a collection of activities, events and campaigns at Oxford Brookes to help staff, students and the local community enjoy healthy lifestyles.