UNSW Safety & Wellbeing Month

UNSW celebrated a wonderful Safety and Wellbeing Month in October.

Weekly Events

Campus Lunch Walk

A regular group of intrepid staff members walked all the way around the outside of campus for the weekly Campus Lunch Walk. Starting on the Tuesday after the October long weekend, this event went for 5 weeks in 30ºC heat, wind and pouring rain. Well done to those who took part!

Campus Lunch Walkers

Tai Chi

A committed group of Tai Chi enthusiasts attended the popular weekly sessions that moved around campus from the Quad to the Library Lawn and outside the Mathews Pavilions. At the end of each session, we all felt an increase in our peace of mind, calmness and sense of tranquillity. 

Tai Chi on the Library Lawn

Mindfulness Meditation

These classes were incredibly popular, with all 4 weekly sessions booked out within 3 days of opening registrations. Psychologist Laura Kampel from UNSW’s Counselling and Psychological Services ran each session. Participants were taught a framework for undertaking this valuable stress relief technique while also discussing its proven benefits for mental health.

Special Events

In addition to these weekly events, many people took part in special events. The annual Wellbeing Celebration was a huge hit with both staff and students. It was a perfect day with great weather, great prizes and some fantastic sponsors. See here for photos from the day.

UNSW was also treated to a special lunchtime performance by the Mind Blank Theatre and a wonderful poetry performance on the Library Lawn by one of UNSW’s own graduates, the brilliant Lewis-Alan Trathen. 

Lewis-Alan Trathen

Friday 21 October was our special Healthy Recipe Sharing Day, with short, healthy recipes shared on the Safety website. Our AdminNet and TechNet networks delivered a great response from staff, with a recipe even coming in from a TechNet member at the University of Wollongong! Find all the tasty recipes here.

Challenges

Three challenges were run during the month, with 85 people registering for the inaugural Mental Health Trivia Challenge. Of the 60 who took part, 7 people achieved a perfect score and the winner (drawn at random from these 7) was Jack Crane from the Student Disabilities Team. Congratulations Jack! 

Nearly 30 people registered for the Sleep Smart Challenge and undertook to change their sleep preparation habits for one week, in an attempt to improve the quality of their sleep and general wellbeing.

The most popular challenge of all was the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. An untold number of people performed random acts of kindness throughout UNSW and the wider community. A selection of heart-warming stories of random acts of kindness performed by the UNSW community can be read here.