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UK Healthy Universities Network

The UK Healthy Universities Network was formed in 2006 in response to growing demand from HEIs interested in developing and implementing this whole university approach. Convened by the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire, it was significantly strengthened through the HEFCE-funded project Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities. It now has a membership of more than 70 HEIs and 20 other bodies – with members representing a diversity of staffing groups – including student services, sports, human resources and academic departments.

The Network aspires to create learning environments and organisational cultures that enhance the health, wellbeing and sustainability of university communities and enable people to achieve their full potential. It uses meetings, events and electronic communication to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of information, research, practice and experience related to the implementation of Healthy Universities
  • Develop and promote models of good practice
  • Advocate and advise on the Healthy Universities approach at regional and national levels
  • Encourage collaborative development and research.

Project Lead

Mark Dooris

Project Staff

Sharon Doherty

Collaborators and Partners

Manchester Metropolitan University
Leeds Trinity University College
Nottingham Trent University
Royal Society for Public Health
Teesside University
University of the West of England
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
NHS Health Scotland
Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland
Public Health England

Clients or Funders

HEFCE (2009-2012)
UCLan and Manchester Metropolitan University (2012-)

Public Outputs

Healthy Universities Website
Healthy Universities Toolkit