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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. 

We also have a staff wellbeing channel on Teams>>


Focus on February: 

Time to Talk Day 2021

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2021 is on Wendesday 17 February

Find out more>>

Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February 

The power of a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

Find out more>>


Random Acts of Kindness Day 

Wednesday 17 February 2021

We will be celebrating this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because we know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm.



Download the 2021 Kindness Calendar at work here>>

Download the 2021 Kindness Calendar at home here>>


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>>



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>>


Wellbeing Events

Mindfulness Practice

Life can at times feel relentless, overwhelming, and draining. Mindfulness practice can help us become more present in the moment, increase our awareness of feelings and help us notice signs of stress, low mood and anxiety so we can take steps to address them. Sessions are offered to help staff experience the benefits of Mindfulness practice as a way of supporting health and wellbeing. Sessions are kindly being run by Esther Hunt from the Faculty of Education.

Sessions run for six weeks, 11.30 am-12noon 

Book one or more of the Mindfulness Practice series here>>


Wellbeing Workshops

This series of four workshops is designed to help participants build sustainable practices to support their wellbeing and resilience.  Originally run in October 2020, and being repeated due to their popularity, Kate Ahl of the Staff Counselling Centre, will introduce each session - an edited recording of the original event - and will be available to answer your questions.

Sessions run for four weeks, 1-2 pm

Book one or more of the Wellbeing Workshops here>>


Green impact: Cycle Maintenance workshop

This online lunchtime workshop covers how to safety check your bike and how to perform a puncture repair. There will also be a chance to ask the instructor questions.

Thursday 11 February at 12:30

Spaces must be booked online in advance here>>




Working remotely

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>>



Useful links

Find out more about Student Wellbeing>>

Find out more on Staff Wellbeing>>