Healthy Universities: Developing a National Framework

In October 2009 the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) were commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) to work on a Department of Health (DH) funded project which involved the development of a model for Healthy Universities and the production of recommendations for the development of a National Healthy Universities Framework.

The project’s objectives were:

  • to articulate a model for Healthy Universities whereby the healthy settings approach is applied within the higher education sector
  • to produce recommendations for the development and operationalisation of a National Healthy Universities Framework
  • to ensure effective co-ordination of initiatives and propose next steps for progressing the Healthy Universities agenda.

In November 2009 a draft model and framework were presented for consultation, to a sub-group of the English National Healthy Universities Network and the Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities Leadership Advisory Group. The final report provides a background to Healthy Universities, outlines the project implementation process, presents a model, discusses key considerations in formulating a framework and makes recommendations for action.


Lead investigator:

  • Prof. Mark Dooris

Project Staff

  • Jennie Cawood
  • Sharon Doherty