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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


10 - 16 May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Week

Get involved with the University’s wide-ranging programme of talks and activities marking Mental Health Awareness Week.

This year the theme is ‘Nature and the Environment’, so take a look at the ‘Out and About’ section for activities to get you outside and enjoying nature. 


Find out more now>>


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>>

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