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Health and Wellbeing, and Access to Support during Coronavirus Pandemic

Health and Wellbeing

With the period of near-lockdown to continue, it will likely be some months before the UK returns to a state of normality. It is therefore vital that we all take steps to protect our health and wellbeing. The following measures will help us look after ourselves and one another at this extraordinary time:

  • avoid speculation about the pandemic and look up reputable sources of information e.g. the NHS Inform website -
  • try to reduce the amount of time you might spend reading/listening about the current situation on social media etc
  • try to pace your home/work activities where possible. Take breaks when needed and have a flexible approach to your work-life balance
  • keep in touch with family and friends and colleagues via phone/video calls
  • support colleagues and be aware of how they might be feeling. Lend support if you can
  • take time to care for yourself. Try to eat healthily and where possible exercise and ensure you have adequate sleep.

You may find the Government guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of the current situation useful, while a number of external organisations are offering support at this time, such as:

The Institute of Sport and Exercise will be providing regular tips and posts on physical and mental wellbeing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and their staff are also available for any questions you may have about remaining active over this period.

Access to Support

The priority of the Human Resources & Organisational Development Directorate is to support colleagues across the University at this difficult time. We will continue to monitor UK and Scottish Government advice and to work in close contact with colleagues across the HE sector to respond to questions, concerns and suggestions raised by staff.  We are also continuing to work closely with the campus trade unions.

The latest guidance on the situation is available on the University’s coronavirus pages, which also contain detailed information on matters relating to Health and Safety, Payroll and Pensions, Organisational and Professional Development, Occupational Health, and Equality Diversity and Inclusion.

Contact details for each School and Directorate can be found on the HR web pages while general enquiries can be sent to