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Mon 28th

11:00 - 12:00


The Psychology of Wellbeing and Our Lives On Social Media

How can the science of wellbeing help us better understand the role digital technology plays in our everyday lives? We have never spent more time on screens – for work, for leisure, and everything in between – than we do now. In what ways can we more fully understand how our social media use can affect our relation to other people, to the rest of the world, and how we feel about ourselves? This Festival of Wellbeing event led by Professor Felicia Huppert and Tyler Shores will be interactive and there will be ample time for questions.

Tyler will be posting links and questions leading up the event at:

Mon 28th

12:30 - 13:30


How We Can Promote Greater Compassion at Work

Now more than ever, there is a need for compassion in the workplace. But what do we mean by a ‘compassionate workplace’, and what are the benefits of being more compassionate – towards ourselves and others?

In this session, Jonathan Taylor, an Occupational Psychologist from Pearn Kandola, will explore compassion at work, and discuss what we currently know about the benefits of practicing self-compassion and of compassion towards others. We will also introduce the role of the ‘compassionate leader’ in the months ahead, and share some practical ideas that you can introduce to support yourself and others.

Highly recommended for people managers and anyone interested in supporting your own wellbeing and that of your colleagues. 

Mon 28th

17:00 - 18:00


2021 Annual WiSETI Lecture : How Covid Changed the World


Dr Charlotte Summers PhD FRCP FFICM

Hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS


For this year's WiSETI lecture we welcome Dr Charlotte Summers who led the critical care response to COVID at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Charlotte will share her scientific journey alongside a commentary on what it's like to be a woman scientist today.


Tue 29th

10:00 - 10:45


Practicing Digital Self-Care for Ourselves and Others

In this session we will explore the diverse ways in which we engage with the online world, and discuss mental and emotional health in the context of the different digital cultures we live in: social media, video streaming, and work collaboration platforms, among others. The concept of being Digitally Well will be introduced as a way of differentiating between digital habits that are humane and nourishing and those that are harmful and depleting, with a particular emphasis on emotional regulation and body awareness practices.

Questions to think about before this session:

  • What are your most and least favourite online activities, and what emotional impact do they have on you?
  • What online activities do you tend to seek out when you are experiencing difficult emotions?

Tue 29th

11:30 - 12:30


The Peace of Wild Things

Esther Hunt (Faculty of Education) will be offering a range of mindful practices and will draw upon the work of Professor Mark Williams, Dr Patrizia Collard, and Dr Sue Stuart-Smith (The Well Gardened Mind).

Tue 29th

11:00 - 12:00

Both sessions are fully booked

Wed 30th

10:00 - 11:00

How Do We Create a Future For Happy, Healthy Hybrid Working?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work forever. One of the biggest challenges that employers face is how to navigate new hybrid ways of working that deliver both improved productivity and a happier, healthier workforce. This interactive, small group session, will invite participates to share their thoughts on the last year, how we centre staff wellbeing in new ways of working and how we may overcome any obstacles along the way?

The session will be facilitated by Jenny Rampling, (Senior Programme Coordinator at ourcambridge), who is part of the ‘Cambridge Works – New ways of working’ project team at the University.

Wed 30th

11:00 - 12:00

Fully Booked

Wellbeing for Young People

Ideas and resources for those working with or caring for young people.

A set of ideas and techniques for young people to put into practice and facilitate their own self regulated wellbeing resilience. Some of these are creative and practical activities, others are from trauma informed yoga and mindfulness.

Wed 30th

14:00 - 15:30

Fully Booked

Effective Use of Workspace - Using the 5S Tool to Help

5S is defined as a methodology that results in a workplace that is clean, uncluttered, safe, and well organized to help reduce waste and optimize productivity. It's designed to help build a quality work environment, both physically and mentally.

This short virtual session led by ourcambridge looks at the Lean 5S tool as a way of organising workspace and how this can help wellbeing. It also draws comparisons with the Marie Kondo tidying method.

In preparation for the session, please take a photograph of something that makes you happy.

(Note - this is a repeat of the event run as part of the 2020 Festival of Wellbeing) 

Thur 1st

11:00 - 12:00


Getting Back to ‘Normal’ – The Psychological Aspects of Emerging from Lockdown


A brief look at:

  • the psychological impact of the COVID pandemic and lockdown on adults and adolescents
  • the potential for mixed feelings as COVID restrictions lift
  • taking care of our mental health as we go back to our ‘normal’ lives

 Dr Zoe Martin and Dr Anna Conway-Morris     


Thur 1st

13:00 - 13:45


Giving and Receiving Recognition to Promote a Positive Research Culture

Our systems of recognition and reward play an important part in creating a positive research culture. This session led by Liz Simmonds, PosDoc Academy will look at the connection between recognition and research culture, and will encourage you to explore how you would like to be recognised, and how you can recognise others, in order to promote a positive and healthy research culture for yourself, your research group and department.

Fri 2nd

07:30 - 08:15

09:00 - 09:45


Botanic Garden Early Morning Wander 

Join us in the Garden for a quiet, early morning wander. We are offering the opportunity for staff to join us for a walk before we open the gates to the public. Set yourself up for the day with a relaxing stroll and an opportunity to see the Botanic Garden in a way that very few people can. Discover bird song and other wildlife of the Garden with the guidance of Dr. Chantal Helm. Spaces are limited; if you would like to book a place on one of these walks, please email: stating your preferred date and time to join us.

Fri 2nd

09:30 - 10:30


Cycle Maintenance Workshop


University staff can attend this free 1 hour online workshop on cycle maintenance, learning the fundamentals to keep you riding with how to safety check your bike and perform a puncture repair. There will also be a chance to ask the instructor questions.


Fri 2nd

11:00 - 12:00


Does Mindfulness Really Help People Thrive?

Is mindfulness training like physical exercise but for the mind that will improve our health and wellbeing? This is a frequent comparison, but how far can it be stretched? We will discuss the scientific evidence available and explore its most critical issues before you decide to go for some mindful pull-ups.

Dr Julieta Galante, Department of Psychiatry 


13:15 - 13:30

Lunchtime Meditation

Spend 15 mindful minutes relaxing or meditating with the University’s mindfulness practitioner, Dr Elizabeth English



To the Moon Challenge

Join in as the University of Cambridge community seeks to achieve two clear targets, to clock up a combined distance, equivalent to travelling around the world, and then to travel to the moon.

Distance around the World = 40,075 km / Distance to the Moon = 384,400 km

You can clock up distance by walking, running, cycling, swimming or wheelchair racing!

After a difficult year for some, we cannot wait to get away and what better way than going to the moon with your colleagues, friends and University community!

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