Calendar of Events

Staff Development Week

Staff Development Week took place between 18 - 22 January 2016.  This week focused on staff development through sessions such as Project Management, Aspiring Managers, Unconscious Bias, Giving and Receiving Feedback and Effective Team Building as well as a selection of Graduate School sessions.  This event will take place on a yearly basis in January and complements the Working Well Week held each June which develops staff through a more dedicated Heath and Wellbeing focus.

How did we do in 2016?

In January 2016 a total of 533 staff attended the 45 session and a staggering 100% who responded to the feedback survey indicated that they would participate again.  The majority of those attending were from Professional Administrative Support job family (270), followed by Academic, Research and Enterprise (134).  Technical, Campus Services, Senior Management and Students Association made up the remaining attendees.

During Staff Development Week, the Quality Enhancement team held bite-sized sessions on their ‘Back to Basics’ programme which attracted 52 Academic members of staff and 11 others.

Free food with a Scottish theme was offered by Cordia on three days during the week, and the Arc offered free classes throughout the week, which 69 members of staff took advantage of.

Information Stands were made available in the CEE building during the week, but as the majority of staff responding to the evaluation did not visit these, this element of the Week was least successful and we are looking at how we can make these more visable to staff.



National No Smoking Day

National no smoking day was held on 9 March 2016. 

Further information on how to stop smoking and National No Smoking day please click here.

How did we do in 2016

Five staff/student volunteers canvassed during lunchtime around the Campus Life Lounge and main campus entrances in support of encouraging awareness of National No Smoking Day. 

A total of 66 staff/students engaged with the campaign.  Of the 66 individuals 18 were smokers. Others took literature for fellow students, family members and friends.  Of the 66, 37 were female and 29 male.


Walk to Work Day

National Walk to Work Day was held on 1 April 2016.  

For further information please click here.

How did we do in 2016

The staff sign up to ‘Walk to Work Day’, 1 April 2016 took place in Glasgow and London Campuses. A target set of 30 sign-ups was reached and music, laughter and some educational conversations took place, despite the very cold rainy morning. A big thank you and congratulations from People Services to HLS first year MSc Physiotherapy students, team Quad Squad. You’ve raised the bar for next year’s event now.

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week ran from 11 April to 17 April 2016 and is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society

Staff can take part in this event by joining the GCU Gardening Club.  The group meets weekly at lunchtime and grows herbs and a selection of vegetables in garden plots outside the Portree building in Caledonian Court. The produce they grow is often used to make fresh soup in the refectory.

If you have an interest in helping things grow, while enjoying fresh air and sunshine during the working day, please email Osman Rafiq or visit the GCU Gardening Club Facebook page


Back Care Awareness Week

Back Care Awareness Week will be held on 7 - 11 October 2016.

For further information please click here.

National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day will be held on 4 November 2016.

For further information please click here.

Healthy Eating Campaigns

Shake your Wake Up Week - January 2016

Shake your Wake Up Week creates the message of how important breakfast is to our wellbeing. This consists of a range of healthy breakfast items available at special prices in the new refectory throughout the week.

The greatest participation in this campaign was by our Domestic staff. There was an increase of 40+ new customers each day while this ran.


Fruity Friday - February 2016

The aim of Fruity Friday was to encourage staff and students to increase their consumption of fruit and the campaign included the following: -

  • Breakfast and lunch fruit salad bar
  • Smoothie of the day
  • Free piece of fruit with pasta dishes
  • Fresh fruit granola and natural yoghurt at breakfast
  • Fresh fruit baked desserts every Friday

Over the three Fridays in February that the campaign ran the consumption of fruit products increased by 150%.


Meat Free Mondays - April 2016

Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat.  The campaign encourages staff to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week. 

During Meat free Mondays the vegetarian menu choice in the refectory was increased and the meat choice decreased to encourage going meat free on the 11th, 18th and 25th April. Special vegetarian pasta dishes were reduced to £1 to encourage up take.  The uptake on the days was over 30% of customers taking part.



Lifestyle Checks/Mini MOT's

Lifestyle checks/Mini MOT's are an easily accessible on-campus facility for staff which are offered throughout the course of the year. They are provided by our Occupational Health and Wellbeing specialist partner PAM Group.  The purpose of these checks is primarily preventative, so that early identification of issues such as high blood pressure can be made. These checks can then support staff to enhance their health and wellbeing at work and life in general. Checks are offered as eitherstand-alone events or as part of Staff Development Week/Working Well Week.  These checks test the person’s blood sugar which can show any early diabetes signs, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight and BMI.

A total of 175 lifestyle checks/mini MOT's were carried out for the Glasgow and London campuses during 2015/2016 Academic Year.