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Strategic priority: health and wellbeing

As a research leader in health and social care, including the study of ageing and dementia, we have a significant national and international role to play in enhancing people’s lives. We also have a leadership role to play in the lives of staff and students, and the wider community, as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. 

Long-term quality of life is important to us all, and governments around the world are looking to prevent disease and keep people heathier for longer. We will intensify our research in this area, provide expertise to policy makers, and develop innovative education programmes.

As an employer, we understand the link between health and performance. We will ensure wellbeing features prominently in the support we provide for staff and students, and we will look at ways of using our sporting and cultural resources to add value to their lives and enhance their physical and mental well-being.

In addition to investing in, and promoting, the benefits of physical activity for all, we will celebrate and promote our high-performance athletes as role models, showcasing their ability to balance sporting prowess and performance with academic excellence. They enhance the nation’s reputation and our own.

We will intensify our multi-disciplinary research and teaching in health and wellbeing, and further increase its impact. We will nurture our people, and harness our campus’s natural and built environment to improve their lives and the lives of the communities we serve.

What the University will do: health and wellbeing

Over the course of this strategic plan the University will:

Measures of success

By 2030 we will: 

  • Track the wellbeing of students and staff, and invest in programmes to improve health and resilience.
  • Demonstrate increased participation rates in physical activity, sport and culture activities by staff and students.
  • Reduce absence levels due to mental and physical ill-health.

The difference is… healthy living

As leaders in health education and research, and as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we are committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community and wider society. 

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Wellbeing of our students and staff

We place huge value on the wellbeing of our students and staff, with our entire university community encouraged and supported to take care of their mental and physical health.

Our world-class sports facilities, outstanding campus, and the wide variety of exercise and wellness classes on offer, provide the perfect environment to stay healthy, fit and active.  

Students and staff can participate in activities and access a range of support through Be Connected events, the Student Services Hub, and the Employee Assistance Programme.

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Forth Valley University College NHS Partnership

In the first partnership of its kind, the University is collaborating with NHS Forth Valley and Forth Valley College to improve patient care and treatments, and boost health research and staff learning across the region.

The Forth Valley University College NHS Partnership brings together the organisations’ unique wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to create a hub for world-class research, innovation and thinking. It directly responds to the needs of local people by bringing a collaborative approach to hospitals, health centres, social care settings, care homes and classrooms.

By working together, we are enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community.

Our strategic priorities