Healthy Universities: Developing a National Framework

Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit

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