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The Gurdon Institute


"Wellbeing can be understood as how people feel and how they function, both on a personal and a social level, and how they evaluate their lives as a whole." (New Economics Foundation (2012) Measuring Wellbeing: A guide for practitioners, London: New Economics Foundation.)

The Institute is committed to providing a positive working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all staff and students.

The University's wellbeing strategy aims to support its mission and core values of freedom of thought and expression, freedom from discrimination and the recognition that the University’s staff are its greatest asset.

The wellbeing strategy’s ultimate goal is to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of University staff and to prevent work associated ill health, for the overall benefit of staff and the organisation. This encompasses the physical, mental and social health of employees and recognises that employees’ values, personal development and work within the University contribute to their overall wellbeing at work.

The University has a large workforce and is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The wellbeing strategy aims to reflect this diversity and to provide direction on related issues and challenges in order to support the development of effective solutions and outcomes.


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The Institute fully supports the University mission and further information can be found here for exisiting members of staff and students (local resources, social activities, mental health, monthly digest, interesting reads etc). The Institute's Wellbeing Advocate are Di Foster and Daniel St Johnston.