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Reports & Other Publications

Reports and publications on Healthy Universities and related themes.

Healthy Universities – General

Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities Final Report, 2012

Final Report of the HEFCE-funded ‘Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities’ Project


Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities Final Report, 2012: Executive Summary

Executive Summary Report of the HEFCE-funded ‘Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities’ Project


Fair Society Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post, 2010

Fair Society Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010 is the final report of the Marmot review. It champions a social determinants approach to reducing health inequalities.


Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, 2015

This exciting charter is a key outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges / VII International Congress, attended by 375 participants from over 30 different countries. The Charter sets out this bold and integrated vision:  “Health Promoting Universities and Colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the wellbeing of people, places and the planet.”


University of Central Lancashire Healthy University Action Plan, 2015

This three-year action plan developed by the University of Central Lancashire was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including, students, staff and external colleagues. It supports the delivery of the UCLan Strategy 2015-2020, which pledges to achieve ‘a healthy university committed to the physical and mental wellbeing of its students and staff’.


University College Cork Health Promoting University ‘Health Matters’ Action Plan, 2012

An action plan developed by University College Cork as part of its ‘Health Matters’ Initiative, with the aim of stimulating ‘whole system’ change so that the health and wellbeing of students and staff becomes a prominent part of the culture of our university and is at the forefront of all policy and activity.


WHO Health Promoting Universities Document, 1998

This World Health Organisation working document provides conceptual and practical guidance on how to set up and develop a health-promoting university project.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Substance Use/Misuse

Alcohol and Drugs Prevention in Colleges and Universities, 2007

A review of the literature published by Mentor UK.


E-Cigarettes – Collated Summary of Network Members’ Policies and Approaches, 2014

Summary collating information received from members following an information request regarding e-cigarettes.


Sensible Drinking Amongst Students in HEIs in the South West Region, 2009

An exploration of current practice relating to the promotion of sensible drinking across 12 of the HEIs on the South West Region published by the University of the West of England


Unitcheck Alcohol Resource

Unitcheck is a free alcohol resource which has been developed by Leeds Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds. It is a questionnaire style resource which gives individuals personal feedback on potential risks to health and comparisons with peer behaviour. Students can access to the Unitcheck tool by registering at www.unitcheck.co.uk.

Mental Wellbeing

Mental Health of Students in Higher Education, 2011

Second edition of Report published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which champions the Healthy Universities approach.


NUS Wales ‘How Are You?’ Student Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2013

Includes information, myths and facts about mental health.


NUS Wales ‘How Are You?’ Students’ Union Officer Students and Mental Health Briefing, 2013

Includes includes information about mental health issues; advice about supporting students with mental health problems; and campaign guidance.


Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education: Good Practice Guide, 2015

Universities UK commissioned the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group to update existing guidance, drawing on evidence and practice from within the higher education sector and reports from government and the health and voluntary sectors. This guidance – which profiles the Healthy Universities approach – has been written for senior leaders and managers, and aims to support institutions in their promotion of mental wellbeing and in the support they provide for students experiencing mental health difficulties.


Reducing the Risk of Student Suicide: Issues and Responses for Higher Education Institutions, 2002

UUK guidelines to help higher education institutions to take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of suicide and attempted suicide in the student population


Understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs

This report presents the findings of a research project undertaken for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to update its understanding of institutional support provision for students with mental health problems and other impairments with high cost or intensive support needs.

Staff Wellbeing

Improving performance through wellbeing and engagement, 2011

This HEFCE-funded project focused on staff performance, engagement and wellbeing – and finished in 2011. The legacy of the project has been handed over to the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), which will take forward the work. The products of the project can be found on the UCEA site.


On Your Feet Britain Study, 2015

A study exploring the effectiveness of simple behaviour change campaigns in higher education institution settings – aimed at reducing sedentary behaviour by academics.


Universities Human Resources: Changing Times in UK Universities – What Difference Can HR Make? 2012

This research report, written by Linda Holbeche, considers the current contributions and strengths of HR within higher education – and also outlines ways in which the contribution could be strengthened and improved.


Workplace Wellbeing Tool, 2013

Health, Work and Well-being’s Workplace Wellbeing Tool – a free resource to help employers estimate the business cost of poor health.


Workplace Wellbeing Charter, 2012

The Charter is a health, safety and wellbeing award scheme endorsed by Public Health England and Dame Professor Carol Black. This provides organisations of all sizes with best practice advice, guidance and support to improve workplace health and wellbeing. There are over 40 funded programmes throughout England which provide support and accreditation free of charge.

Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility & Social Value

Degrees of value, 2011

How universities benefit society.


Education for Sustainable Development

The Higher Education Academy, QAA, NUS and HEFCE have all sought to encourage and support institutions and subject communities to develop curricula and pedagogy that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably. These web pages provide information and further links to relevant reports and publications.


Education for Sustainable Development (Unesco)

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning.


How Can Universities Support Disadvantaged Communities? 2012

A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (research by Fred Robinson, Ian Zass-Ogilvie and Ray Hudson) exploring what universities can do to help disadvantaged people by providing access to opportunities and facilities, resources and expertise.


Learning in Future Environments (LiFE)

Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) is a comprehensive performance improvement system developed specifically to help colleges and universities to manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and sustainability performance. It has been developed and delivered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges with generous support from its partners.


Sustainable development in higher education: HEFCE’s role to date and a framework for its future actions

This document sets out some of the ways in which higher education contributes to sustainable development, and proposes a framework for HEFCE’s support for the sector. It encompasses our earlier policy statements on sustainable development and carbon reduction, and will influence our future funding.


Universities and the green economy: graduates for the future, 2012

The HEA held its first Policy ‘Think Tank’ in February 2012 to investigate how the HE sector can contribute to ‘greening the economy’. The think tank was a stimulating event packed with illuminating discussions, innovative ideas, and valuable contributions from inspirational speakers and delegates from across HE, student bodies, and industry.


Universities that Count: A Report on Benchmarking Environmental and Corporate Responsibility in Higher Education, 2007

Report published by Business in the Community.


University Challenge: Towards a Well-Being Approach to Quality in Higher Education, 2009

Report published by the New Economics Foundation (commissioned by QAA).

Videos & Other Resources

Designing Healthy Campus Communities

Short animated video produced by Simon Fraser University in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association.