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.
Subsequent to submission of the report, Healthy Universities features as a named programme in Healthy Lives, Healthy People, the Coalition Government's new Strategy for Public Health in England published on 30th November 2010. The strategy includes the following statement: "The Healthy Schools, Healthy Further Education and Healthy Universities programmes will continue to be developed by their respective sectors, as voluntary programmes, collaborating where appropriate and exploring partnership working with business and voluntary bodies." (Para. 3.15, p.34). The English National Healthy Universities Network and the HEFCE-funded project Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities welcome this as an opportunity to continue on-going dialogue with Department of Health and other Government departments, and remain keen to develop further links in the future.
- Dr Sue Powell, MMU
Department of Health via Royal Society for Public Health
Dooris, M., Cawood, J., Doherty, S. And Powell, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: Concept, Model and Framework for Applying the Healthy Settings Approach within Higher Education in England. Final Project Report. Preston: UCLan.