CoSS Wellbeing Week 2018

Edgbastion Campus, Univerity of Birmingham
Social Sciences, Students
Monday 12th (00:00) - Friday 16th November 2018 (23:59)
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wellbeing-1It's really worth putting some time and effort into taking care of your wellbeing and it will ultimately help you to get the best out of your University experience. Throughout this week we have organised a range of sessions and activities looking at different ways you can take care of your own wellbeing, and support others who may be struggling.

What's On

More details about what you can take part in across the week, and the important information as to when and where things are happening are shown in the timetable below.

Planning Your Week

We have set up a booking page for each event. Please do try to register if you intend to go to a session so we have an idea of the numbers we can expect, but for most of the week we should also be able to accommodate people who haven't pre-registered and turn up on the day.

For some events (Doggy De-stress and Winterbourne Walk) booking will be absolutely essential as places are strictly limited.

Monday 12th November 2018

Title: Study Skills Session
ime: 10:00 - 12:00
Murray Learning Centre UG10
Description: Good study habits can really reduce the stress of academic work. Staff from the Academic Skills Centre will be offering a study skills session.

Booking link: Study Skills Session

Title: Consent Workshop
14:00 - 16:00
Gisbert Kapp N334
Description: Learn more about consent, and how to handle it if you see or experience behaviour you find threatening. There will also be information about the You Report, We Support Initiative.

Booking link: Consent Workshop

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Title: Relaxation Workshop
Business Lounge
Description: Welfare Officers from the College will be offering a lunchtime relaxation workshop.

Booking link: Relaxation

Title: Look After Your Mate: Starting the Conversation About Mental Health
ime: 13:00 - 15:00
Mechanical and Civil Engineering B01
Description: A workshop looking at how to spot the signs of potential mental health problems, support your mates, and talk openly about mental health.

Booking link: Look after your mate

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Title: Addiction Awareness
ime: 10:00 - 11:00
University House G13
Description: This session focuses on the issues surrounding addiction, signs of addiction and available support.

Booking link: Addiction Awareness

Title: Video Filming
12:00 - 14:00
Business Lounge, University House
Description: Come along and share your self-care tips or your experiences from the week for the Wellbeing Week Film.

Title: Stress Management and Wellbeing Tips
14:00 - 16:00
University House G07
Welfare Officers from the College will be talking about stress management and ways to look after your wellbeing.

Booking link: Stress Management

Thursday 15th November 2018

Title: Rainbow Network Cake and Chat
10:00 - 12:00
Location: Gisbert Kapp N123
Description: The Rainbow Network are holding a drop in session for LGBTQ+ students, staff and allies with tea, cake and chat provided.

Booking link: Rainbow Network

Title: Wellbeing Walk (Booking Essential)
12:30 - 13:30
Location: Winterbourne House and Gardens
Description: Get outside in the fresh air and explore the Winterbourne Gardens by taking part in a guided tour of the gardens.

Booking link: Winterbourne

Title: Doggy De-stress (Booking Essential)
14:00 - 16:00
Location: Business Lounge, University House
Description: Human and canine volunteers from Guide Dogs UK are visiting. Come and meet the volunteers and experience the positive effects of spending time with both humans and animals.

Booking link: Doggy De-Stress (please book 1 slot only!)

Friday 16th November 2018

Title: Safe Social Media
10:00 - 12:00
Strathcona Computer Cluster G06
Learn more about using social media safely, and how to protect your online reputation. We’ll also talk about the impact of social media on wellbeing.

Booking link: Social Media

Wellbeing Week Film

We’re really excited about the Wellbeing film that will be made across the week. If you would like to be a part of this please do come along on Wednesday lunchtime to record something; either sharing a self-care tip or talking about a session you’ve attended. We’ll also be compiling the highlights of the week in the video, so look out for us filming or taking pictures at the sessions and get involved if you want to be a part of it! The finished product will be available here a few weeks after Wellbeing Week; we’ll let all CoSS students know when its ready.

Electronic Resources

All of the resources from the sessions we are offering will also be available electronically, and we will upload them all here for you to refer back to or have a read through if you aren’t able to attend a session. Some sessions will also be recorded on panopto, and again the recordings we make will be available here. Do check in after the week is over and use the resources.

Your Welfare Officers

Remember that you have Welfare Officers within your School. We offer a confidential and non-judgmental ear if you want to talk to about any anything that is bothering you, or you want to get advice on a particular issue. This can be anything from concerns about managing your workload or issues with housemates through to bereavements or mental health concerns; no problem is too big or too small.

Government and Society

Jen Hayes and Warren Evans (
Drop In: Rooms 633 and 634 Muirhead on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-12 and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 2-4


Adrian Leach (
Drop in: Room 211 School of Education on Tuesday 11-1, Thursday 4-6 (term time) and 3-5 (non-term time)

Business School

Georgina Bromley, Vickie Glynn, Miriam Nicholson, Paula Douglas (
Drop in: Room G30 University House on Monday 2-4, Tuesday 10-12, Wednesday 2-4, Thursday 2-4 and Friday 10-12

Social Policy

Mel Hardy (
Drop In: Room 842 Muirhead on Monday and Wednesday 10-12, Tuesday and Thursday 24-4

Self Help Resources

Wellbeing Week might have you thinking about your own experiences, and you may be experiencing things that aren’t covered by one of our sessions. We also understand that sometimes you might not be ready to talk about things and might want to explore some support resources on your own. The University has self-help guides on a range of different topics available in digital format which can help you to do this: