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Healthy Universities

The aim of this National Research and Development Project, undertaken during 2008, was to scope and report on the potential for a national programme on Healthy Universities that could contribute to health, well-being and sustainable development.

The project comprised four strands:

  • Literature Review
  • HEI-level research using web-based and email questionnaires
  • National-level stakeholder research using individual and small group semi-structured interviews
  • Joint action planning and reporting, informed by an interactive data validation workshop. The project comprised four strands:

The final report concluded that there is a clear demand for national-level stakeholder organisations to demonstrate leadership through championing and resourcing a Healthy Universities Programme that not only adds value within the higher education sector, but also helps build consistency of approach across the entire spectrum of education.

Lead Investigator

Dr Mark Dooris

Project Staff

Sharon Doherty

Funding Organisation

Higher Education Academy Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre / Department of Health, £10,000



Public Outputs

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: current activity and future directions – findings and reflections from a national-level qualitative research study. Global Health Promotion 17(3): 6-16.

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: time for action – a qualitative research study exploring the potential for a national programme. Health Promotion International 25(1):94-106.

Orme, J. & Dooris, M. (2010) Integrating Health and Sustainability: the Higher Education Sector as a timely catalyst. Health Education Research 25(3): 425-437.