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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



We are committed to the wellbeing of staff, students and our environment

Especially in these difficult times—when it can feel overwhelming, stressful or isolating. 

We have a dedicated Wellbeing Teams channel for the department with regular events for our members and the opportunity to get in touch with our wellbeing advocates. 






Wellbeing Events


World Mental Health Day - 10 October  


To support this day we have pulled together some resources for colleagues to use:  


Online resources particularly supporting the return to the workplace 


Further resources for World Mental Health Day from the charity Mind 


Mental Health Toolkit from the Business Disability Forum (BDF). BDF provides access to an Advice Service providing expert advice on disability – enabling and supporting the University to ensure that we are an inclusive employer. The service is completely confidential and will offer advice to any University staff member who contacts them. For more information please click here.    



Black History Month  


October is Black History Month, and there are many events planned in recognition. Here are a few highlights: 


October is Black History Month, and there are many events planned in recognition. Here are a few highlights: 


Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors (from 7 October) 

A public portrait exhibition honouring Britain’s Black women professors will be on display in Cambridge from 7 October 2021. 


This Too is Cambridge (22 October) 

The Race Equality Network hosts a special panel discussion centred on the Black staff experience at the University of Cambridge, with a range of voices from libraries, colleges, and departments 


Annual Race Equality Lecture 2021 (28 October) 

Understanding Inequality Through an Intersectional Lens: The Case of Covid in the US  

Speaker: Professor Mary Romero, Arizona State University 




Staff Diversity Networks   


Staff Diversity Networks provide a safe forum to network, socialise, share and receive support and advice in relation to protected groups, with events run over the year.  They are open to individuals who work for the University, a College or an associated institution and include networks for women, LGBT+ staff, parents and carers and those who self-identify as being from a racial minority ethnic background and/or who have an interest in the topic of race.  A new network for staff with disabilities and long-term health conditions will be launched later this year.  


Find out more and join a network here>> 




The Building Blocks of Wellbeing – podcast with Professor Felicia Huppert, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Cambridge  

Wellbeing has become a bit of a buzzword recently, but what does it really mean?  It's not the same as simply being happy, or experiencing pleasure - it's something deeper and broader than that. It has to do with how we connect with others, how we feel about ourselves, and much more. So, what do we need in order to achieve wellbeing?  


Listen here>>






There are excellent recorded sessions about emerging from lockdown, imposter syndrome and many other topics on the University's Wellbeing Streaming Channel.





Yoga for wellbeing


Every month, colleagues participate in a short informal desk yoga session, led by a certified instructor, to support them with their holistic well-being.


Find out more about the benefits of yoga at work>>






Houseplants: Working from home


Houseplants have shown to have psychological benefits:

  • An improved mood

  • Reduced stress levels

  • Increased worker productivity (adding plants to office environments in particular)

  • Increased speed of reaction in a computer task

  • Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all)*


Our staff share their plants and stories while working from home>>




Get in touch

Here at POLIS—we have Wellbeing Advocates who can help. Whether it's helping you find the support you need or providing a confidential listening ear. 



Alice Jondorf

Wellbeing advocate and Mental Health Champion

Email Alice>>



Livia Harriman

Wellbeing advocate

Email Livia>>



Wellbeing E-book Collection


These brilliant resources have been recommended by librarians from across different faculties, departments and colleges and gathered into a collection of e-books.

All of the books here can be accessed online if you sign in using your Raven login.

The books range across topics like addiction, grief, mental health, race, sexuality, sleep, mindfulness. An amazing collection of materials readily available to us all. 


Access the collection here>>



Useful links


Find out more about Student Wellbeing>>

Find out more on Staff Wellbeing>>