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Festival of Wellbeing

 

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Mon 27th June - Fri 8th July 

7.00  |  7.30  |  8.00  |  8.30 

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Sports Centre Individual Health Checks

Would you like a better understanding of your current physical health? 

If yes, book in for one of our free ‘Health Checks’ which will take you through some simple, non-invasive tests.

These checks will consist of:- Measurement of your height and weight, Blood pressure test, Body composition test, Flexibility test

Mon 27th June - Fri 08 July

In Person 

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Cambridge Sport - Free 5 Day Pass

Have five days free Cambridge Sport membership on us!

Movement and exercise is so important for good wellbeing. During the festival of wellbeing, sign up for 5 days free Cambridge sport membership and try the Gym, play Badminton, Squash, do a Fitness Class or jog around the track.

Getting started is easy, visit our website (www.sport.cam.ac.uk) and using the button in the top right corner, sign up for free as a Pay as You Train Member. Once you've done that, pop to Reception on your first visit and we will set up your five day membership. You will need to being your University ID Card.

Available only during the Festival of Wellbeing.

Mon 27th 

09:30 - 11:00

In Person 

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The Really Popular Book Club: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Join Cambridge University Library for the first ever in-person meeting of The Really Popular Book Club, since we launched online in December 2020.

For this special staff-only meeting hosted for the Festival of Wellbeing, you are invited to come to the University Library to discuss Matt Haig’s bestselling The Midnight Library. This poignant novel tells the story of Nora Seed, an unhappy woman who finds herself, between life and death, in a library of infinite possibilities. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, Nora tries new careers, revisits old relationships, and has to decide what is truly fulfilling in life.

Our special guest will be Dr Miriam Lynn, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) practitioner who until recently led the University’s ED&I Section. 

Mon 27th 

11:30 - 12:00 

Online 

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Revive and Refresh with Mindfulness: Session 1 - Revive

It is easy to rush through the day without noticing our thoughts, feelings and sensations. Mindfulness practice helps us pause and become present, so we get in touch with our authentic experience.

We can so easily become entangled in energy draining thoughts that drive our emotions and lead to stress or anxiety. Mindfulness practice helps us notice these thoughts so we can deal with them better.

Join Esther Hunt as she takes you through this Mindfulness Revive session. 

Mon 27th 

12:00 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Wellbeing Photography Walk - West Cambridge

Join Lloyd Mann & Nick Saffell in this Wellbeing Photography Walk around West Cambridge.

The sessions aim to teach simple steps that will help you take great photographs using your smartphone or camera, with a no-pressure, hands-on approach. We help you think about what makes good subject matter, and support you with angles and framing, allowing you to get the best shot possible. The photo exercises give you something to occupy your mind and stimulate your brain, to get creative and hopefully the sessions might encourage you to take photos every day.

Mon 27th 

12:15 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Racketball Taster Session

Racketball is the UK’s fastest growing sport! It is played on any regular squash court and is similar to squash. The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy, and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. If you fancy giving racketball a try, then come and join us for this taster session.

Changing facilities are available on site and the Sports Service can provide a racket and ball if you need one. Please wear indoor trainers.

Mon 27th / 15:30 - 16:30 Online 

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Thu 30th / 14:30 - 15:30 In person 

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Academic Career Pathways (ACP) (Research and Training) Forum: Understanding the Process 

Academics considering applying for promotion under the ACP (Research and Teaching) scheme are invited to attend an event hosted by Professor Kamal Munir, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for University Community and Engagement. The event will:

  • provide an overview of the University's Academic Career Path (ACP) (Research and Teaching) procedure
  • answer some of the common questions about academic promotions
  • outline the ACP CV Mentoring Scheme

We particularly encourage women and staff identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic to attend as they are currently under-represented at senior academic levels.

Tue 28th 

11:00 - 12:00 

Online 

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Supporting People with Unseen Disabilities

As part of the Festival of Wellbeing and in partnership with the Leaders and Managers Network, this session by Dr Hisham Ziauddeen will consider how we can understand unseen disabilities and support people with disability in the workplace, particularly as we move to new ways of working together.

The impacts of COVID on the disabled community and the challenges for the future will be considered. Disabled people are one of the groups in society that have been hit hardest by the pandemic and in the world of COVID, where we are moving to ‘life as normal’ and ‘living with the virus’, they will continue to be significantly affected. We need to understand these in order to think about how we can support our colleagues through the coming times.

Tue 28th 

12:00 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Morning Fields Yoga

Held in the beautiful gardens of Gonville & Caius, West Road, come along to this session for an hour of gentle and inclusive yoga practice, accessible to all body shapes, ages and backgrounds. Don't worry if you have never practiced yoga or are coming back to the mat after some time - everyone is welcome.  

Although this session will be held in the gardens, a room will be available in case of inclement weather. 

Please wear suitable clothing and bring a mat. 

Tue 28th 

12:00 - 13:00 

In person 

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Breathing Space

Join harpist Xenia Horne in the beautiful gallery spaces of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Take some time to relax surrounded by music and art. Everyone welcome.

It's not necessary to book in advance for this event specifically, but if participants book their (free) Museum entry in advance that will avoid any delays. Walk ups will be available.

Tue 28th 

12:15 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Fives Taster Session

Eton Fives is a hand-ball game, played in a three-sided court. It is only played as "doubles" (i.e. by two teams of two players).

Players wear padded leather gloves, since the ball (which is slightly large than a golf-ball and made of rubber and cork) is quite hard. Eton Fives can also be referred to as a game of hazards! Rugby Fives, first played at Rugby School, is essentially squash with your hands, but far quicker. Different from Eton Fives, it sees all obstacles removed, a back wall added and a lower line to hit the ball above. The ball is almost like a mini baseball and therefore thick padded gloves are essential for this game.

This session, run by the Sports Service Community Sports Coach will give you the opportunity to try your hand at the two versions of the sport. Changing facilities are available on site and participants are asked to wear trainers. The Sports Service will provide gloves.

Tue 28th

13:00 - 14:00 

Online 

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Putting The Men into Mental Health

Our statistics show that men are significantly underrepresented in accessing counselling at the University Staff Counselling Centre and account for only one third of all referrals. Why might this be?

Are there barriers that stop men speaking openly about their emotions and seek professional help and if so, what are they? 

Come and watch an engaging question and answer session with one of our male staff counsellors being interviewed as he grapples with these issues.  There will be plenty of time for questions at the end.

This session is via Zoom. An in-person session will be held on 4 July.

Tue 28th 

14:00 - 15:00 

In Person 

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Wolfson College Mindful Garden Tour

Join head gardener Oscar Holgate for a mindful wander through Wolfson College’s tranquil gardens.

Engage your senses with the sights and sounds of our plants and wildlife and enjoy Oscar’s insights into the science of why gardens are healthy for us.

Thu 30th 

10:00 - 12:00 

Online 

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Feel Empowered: Take Ownership of your Career Development

No one cares as much about your future as you do. This interactive session is designed to empower you to take control of your career development and spur you into action. It is common to feel stuck, or uncertain about the future. We will help you to confront these fears and move forward positively.

Freya Villis from ourcambridge will share with you some of the many interesting opportunities open to you so that you can explore your options, build your confidence and develop your skills, at your own pace and in a way that suits you.

Thu 30th 

11:00 - 12:30 

In Person 

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Tour of King's College Chapel and Roof

Join Domus Bursar, Philip Isaac, for a tour of King's College's historic chapel. If the weather is suitable, there will be the opportunity to visit the chapel roof.

Thu 30th 

12:00 - 13:00 

Online 

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How to Become Resilient and Take Back Control of your Life

Anxiety and depression is high and we're looking for new ways to take back control of our lives. New ways to become resilient and bounce back. Whether you've been dealt a good or bad hand in life, now is the time to take charge and bounce back to get closer to the life you want.

Dr. Olivia Remes will be sharing tips on overcoming obstacles in life, achieving wellbeing and becoming resilient, based on research. Olivia's research has been featured by the BBC and USA Today. She is also a life coach helping people let go of fear, tackle challenges and reach their goals in life. She is the author of the book, The Instant Mood Fix, which contains strategies for tackling anxiety, procrastination, and indecision, among others - she will be touching on some of these themes in her talk.

Fri 1st 

12:00 - 13:00

Online  

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How To Improve Cognition and Wellbeing Through Optimal Sleep and Other Methods

Professor Barbara J Sahakian and Dr Christelle Langley will present evidence-based methods for improving cognition and wellbeing.

A key focus will be on how to get the perfect night's sleep. Many people have experienced considerable stress over the past couple of years as a result of concerns over climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and the increased cost of living.

This talk will discuss research showing what you can do to ensure good cognition and wellbeing as well as better physical health.

Mon 27th June - Fri 1 July

9.00am - 5.00pm

In Person 

Drop In - booking not required

 

The People’s Portraits Exhibition

Ordinary people from all walks of life.

Wander at your leisure through this amazing exhibition at Girton College. 

In 2000, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters mounted a millennial exhibition entitled People’s Portraits. The idea was to represent ordinary people from all walks of life, and thereby offer a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The resulting collection is rich in the diversity of its subjects.  For further information, please visit the website 

Mon 27th - Fri 1 July 

10.00am - 6.00pm

In Person 

Drop In - booking not required

Discover Wolfson's Gardens: Tree Trail

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.
Collect a Tree Trail from the Porters' Lodge and enjoy the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of Wolfson College at your own pace.
Children are most certainly welcome and will have plenty of space to explore - but please ensure they are accompanied at all times. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on the tree tour. 

For further information, please visit the website

Mon 27th - Fri 1 July 

Anytime 

Online 

Journeys Through Art Designed to Relax and Restore

Short Films by the Fitzwilliam Museum 

  David's Joy

Inspired by the tremendous power of Max Richter's soundscape, David Hicks, a non-trained dancer responds to art and architecture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Nature & Symbols

In this film we are surrounded by flowers from all seasons keeping fresh across the ages. We still ourselves in the face of this cacophony of colour, shape, form and symbolism.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Drama & Morality

In this film we find ourselves in a relatively small corner of the Fitzwilliam Museum with three powerful and evocative paintings. We can nestle in here and settle for a while - we might imagine ourselves sat on a plush velvet chair. We have arrived into the landscaped stories of 19th century England, some 150-170 years ago.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Sensuality & Power

With music and dance, step into art at the Fitzwilliam Museum. In this film we are in the world of the Venetian Renaissance in the 16th century - a time when Venice enjoyed vast wealth, prestige, and legendary splendour. Confident in their power and influence Venetians were celebrating a lust for life, ideals of beauty and grandeur, and new sumptuousness.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Seascapes & Skyscapes

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam gallery that holds paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. We are in the 17th Century at a time when Dutch trade, science and art were amongst the most acclaimed in the world and there was a growing passion for panoramic depictions of the countryside.