GCU achieves Gold for Healthy Working Lives

27 March 2013

GCU has been awarded Gold in the Scottish Healthy Working Lives Awards.

This impressive achievement reflects the University’s ongoing commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of its staff and local community. Initiatives such as healthy eating and physical exercise campaigns, mental wellbeing sessions, community engagement and environmental schemes have all contributed to Gold success.

These have included awareness-raising events on cancer and stress management, mental health and wellbeing training for managers and themed healthy diet days held by campus catering provider Encore.

In 2012 GCU held its first Health and Wellbeing Day, which will be repeated this June, and an event to coincide with World Mental Health Day last October.GCU’s work with the local community through fitness sessions for over-65s at the Arc Health and Fitness Centre also impressed judges.

MOT Fitness sessions have proved particularly popular, with staff and students from the School of Health and Life Sciences assessing fitness levels and providing advice and support for an active lifestyle. The University’s drive towards a greener campus has led to schemes such as Cycle to Work, a salary sacrifice scheme where staff receive discounts on bikes and equipment, and a regular on-campus presence by the Dr Bike mechanic unit.

University Secretary and Vice Principal (Governance) Jan Hulme says: “We are delighted to have achieved Gold in the Healthy Working Lives Awards. We want to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students so that they can realise their full potential as they work, study and achieve at GCU. This award demonstrates the progress we’re making on what remains a continuing journey. Special tribute should be paid to those key staff whose enthusiasm and dedication have driven forward the agenda and who have contributed so much to today’s success.”