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 80 HEIs and 20 other bodies – with members representing a diversity of staffing groups – including student services, sports, human resources and academic departments.
The Network supports its members to develop and implement ‘whole university’ approaches to health, wellbeing and sustainability. Reflecting its commitment to the Okanagan International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, it is part of a global movement calling upon higher education institutions to incorporate health and sustainability into their mission, vision and strategic plans; and lead and drive change in society by modelling, testing and transferring innovative approaches. It uses meetings, events and electronic communication to: