Health and wellbeing services
ECCI staff and residents have access to services around the University which are contributing to the health and wellbeing of students and staff and the support that they are offering.
Centre for Sport and Exercise
The Centre for Sport and Exercise offers a wide range of physical activities in its state-of-the-art facilities to help promote its mantra; healthy body, healthy mind.
It offers one to one meetings to help facilitate healthy lifestyles. There are over 60 classes each week ranging from yoga to circuit training and zumba. In addition, it has a swimming pool, climbing wall, outdoor facilities and hosts over 60 sports clubs.
The University's Sports Union offers Stress-buster sessions for students throughout each semester's exam diets. Free sessions like cardio tennis, yoga and kickboxing are held in Central Campus to offer students a chance to try something a little different and take a break from their studies.
Staff Health and Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives
As a product of the University's commitment to developing a working environment and working practices which help maintain and improve staff mental and physical health, the recently-developed website brings together information on health-promoting activities for staff.
The Healthy Working Lives initiative has seen the University gain recognition for its efforts in this area, with a Gold Award in 2010.
The chaplains offer emotional, spiritual and pastoral support to students and staff, assisted by a team of honorary chaplains and belief contacts of all faiths and none. Support is offered for any issue, and there is also have a University calendar of events and classes for mental health and wellbeing.
Accommodation Services - Residence life and Catering
Accommodation Services is committed to assisting students in their transition from home to university life. It offers support to both new and those returning to our accommodation for second and subsequent years.
It offers a range of programmes designed to build community and which link with the residents’ academic pursuits. In collaboration with the Security team, Accommodation Services aims to provide a safe and secure environment for their residents. They promote sustainability by encouraging residents to participate in green initiatives and hosting sustainable events.
Accommodation Services has close working relationships with the other University support services should they be needed.
Accommodation Services runs a range of cafés, bars and restaurants around the University, which promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health, and nutrition.
In recognition of the University's Healthy Food Agenda, catering services has received the Eat Safe award, 12 Healthy Living awards, and has been receiving the Food for the Brain award since 2007. Edinburgh was also the first university in Scotland to achieve the Food for Life Catering Mark for a unit providing 24,000 student meals weekly.
Catering services supports and promotes initiatives such as using locally sourced food, reducing food miles, using fairtrade goods, free range products, and recycling cooking oil.
EUSA (Edinburgh University Students' Association)
Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) represents students; their views, their voice, their University experience.
EUSA also provides support through student services, volunteering opportunities and trained advisers.
EUSA has a student sabbatical officer (the Vice President of Student Affairs) whose remit covers student welfare and who convenes the Welfare committee. All student are welcome to the welfare committee to discuss student welfare issues. The sabbatical officer and the welfare committee run campaigns on student welfare such as this year's successful Wellbeing! campaign.
The Advice Place is home to EUSA's professional advice team offering students free, impartial and confidential information on everything and anything that their members need to know or need support on.
Student Disability Service
Challenging attitudes; mainstreaming equality; this service supports students with physical and sensory impairments as well as those with dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties, Asperger Syndrome, mental health issues and some health conditions.
The main focus of the Service is in providing advice and support directly to students, however it also supports academics and other University colleagues to help them create an accessible learning and teaching environment, improving access in the widest possible sense.
Student Counselling Service offers various options to help maintain a healthy mind: one-to-one meetings with a professionally trained counsellors enables a student to talk through what is on their mind, and self-help resources online help students to work their own way out of difficulties or to help a friend.
Ther Service offers drop-in presentations on such topics as managing mood, building confidence, getting things done, maintaining good relationships, and functioning under pressure.
And last but by no means least, pet therapy - petting and playing with canine friends - at times of exam stress.
Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability supports staff and students to improve social responsibility and sustainability in their departments by signing up to the Edinburgh Sustainability Awards.
The department encourages students to investigate the Social Responsibility and Sustainability volunteer opportunities on EUSA and to take the Carbon Conversations course to learn how to reduce their carbon footprint.
Cooking workshops teach students how to cook with delicious fresh foods. And finally, the department works to promote cycling and other sustainable travel opportunities in collaboration with the Transport and Parking Office.
see me pledge
Following the signing of the ‘see me’ Pledge on the 19th January 2012, The University of Edinburgh commits to working with ‘see me’ to challenge stigma and discrimination around mental health issues.
see me pledge
The University has signed a national pledge to reduce mental health discrimination in the workplace. The pledge is part of the Scottish Government’s ‘see me’ campaign to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
The University has joined the pledge as part of its commitment to its equality and diversity strategy.
To support its pledge to the campaign, the University has created an action plan outlining measures to improve, throughout the organisation, by raising awareness of mental health issues.
Mental ill-health affects many people.Statistically one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
Nearly two thirds of the population know someone close to them who has experience of mental ill-health.
The University of Edinburgh is pleased to become a signatory to the see me pledge. We are publishing our action plan to raise awareness about mental health issues. The plan promotes open discussion of the importance of mental well-being for all students and staff, investments in the prevention of mental ill-health, and support of people affected.
Professor Lorraine Waterhouse
Vice-Principal Equality and Diversity
To support its pledge to the campaign, the University has created an action plan outlining measures to improve, throughout the organisation, awareness of mental health issues.
The following reports provide further information on see me.