Swansea University - The First Healthy University in Wales
The Swansea University ‘Healthy University Group’ (HUG) was set up in January 2011 after Swansea became the second designated World Health Organisation (WHO) Healthy City in Wales. Based on the English National Healthy Universities model, HUG aims to offer a facilitative environment for the development of a whole university approach to health and wellbeing.
The Group brings together a range of people from across the University and the Students’ Union who work together as well as with external partners for the benefit of the whole University community. Research, policy development and service provision are linked under a common theme which is underpinned by values of diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability. The group works to develop personal skills, create supportive and sustainable environments, build healthy policy, strengthen community actions and develop health and wellbeing services.
Early work includes joint University and Students’ Union policies on drugs and alcohol; an exercise referral programme between the University Health Centre, Sports Centre and Student Wellbeing Services; a new Community Liaison post in partnership with the City and County of Swansea, South Wales Police, Swansea Metropolitan and Gower College and a Staff Wellbeing Project.
Swansea University is proud of being research led and practice driven in its teaching. HUG aims to ensure that research also informs professional service delivery. Relevant Research includes the Student Sex Work Project and a study on the Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts
“A Healthy University aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances the health, wellbeing and sustainability of its community and enables people to achieve their full potential.” Healthy Universities (2010).