Well-being Month


Hectic start to term? Midwinter blues? February is Well-being Month in the Faculty of Engineering.

We’ll be taking a look at work-life balance, mindfulness, and well-being – and how science has shown they can benefit not only ourselves, but make our workplaces better places to be.



Read on to learn about our range of activities to help you think about your physical and mental wellbeing, as well as a chance to win a £20 Waterstones voucher!

Places are limited, so please sign up with the Eventbrite links below to ensure your entry! All events (except for the core conditioning classes and the day passes to the 52 Club) take place at lunchtime.

Taster classes at the 52 Club

Tabata (high-intensity workout):

Monday 8 Feb – 12:15-12:45
Monday 15 Feb – 12:15-12:45
Monday 22 Feb – 12:15-12:45
Monday 29 Feb – 12:15-12:45

(Note: select which week you want from the Eventbrite signup)

Core conditioning (low-impact combination of tai chi, yoga and pilates):

Wednesday 3 Feb – 17:35-18:20
Wednesday 10 Feb – 17:35-18:20
Wednesday 17 Feb – 17:35-18:20
Wednesday 24 Feb – 17:35-18:20

(Note: select which week you want from the Eventbrite signup)

Free day passes to the 52 Club

Come try out the 52 Club gym, just around the corner on Gower Street. This one-day pass includes both equipment and classes.

Register for your free pass

Mindfulness taster session, 8 February, 13:00-14:00, 66-72 Gower Street, room G01

Think meditation, or mindfulness, is just a bunch of New Age rubbish? Think again! Science has shown there are benefits to mindfulness, both on a personal and a professional level. Come to this lunchtime introductory session and find out more.

Register for your place

Creative craft session: Be a happy stamper, 16 February, 13:00-14:00, 66-72 Gower Street, room G01

Creative activities have been shown to have positive effects on health and mood. Why not take a lunchtime break for this fun, hands-on workshop?

This session will give you all the tools and advice you need to make a set of gift cards with matching gift tags. We’ll provide you with the cards, a selection of stamps and ink and some examples of what can be achieved. If you want to bring along any bits and pieces you may have lying around (such as ribbons and buttons) we can also look at how to embellish the basic design with these.

You might also want to think about bringing other paper-based products. Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road often sell plain notebooks that make great gifts when personalised with a stamp or two.

Register for your place

Enjoy your lunch!

We know many colleagues have developed the habit of not taking a full lunch break (or any break at all!). However, apart from the obvious benefits, taking a break can actually improve productivity and refresh the mind.

For the week of 22-26 February, we encourage you to use your full lunch break. Perhaps you could invite a colleague to join you (no talking about work matters!).

Stumped for what to do? Here are a few ideas:

Send us a photo (via Twitter, Facebook, or ku.ca1537440929.lcu@1537440929selav1537440929on.j1537440929) of you enjoying a lunchtime activity and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Waterstones voucher!

Wellbeing beyond Wellbeing Month

UCL has a number of services aimed at promoting staff wellbeing. Many people know about things like carers’ leave, but did you know that, for example, UCL has a staff physiotherapist to whom you can self-refer?
Find out more about related UCL benefits below:

Health & Wellbeing

Family Friendly

Equalities & Diversity

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please contact ku.ca1537440929.lcu@1537440929selav1537440929on.j1537440929


Image – Reebs* (Sunset Hopping) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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