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Good Health and Well-being

Northumbria provides quality training to the next generation of health and social care professionals, with hundreds of our students entering the sector each year. We investigate new methods of alleviating and preventing medical conditions through our research, and run a variety of programmes to support the well-being of our staff, students and local communities. 

In the Spotlight: Northumbria Sport

Our registered charity, the Northumbria Sport Foundation, funds and delivers community projects to improve health and well-being as well as contributing to social inclusion, learning and youth development. Its activities range from junior sport camps to raise aspirations in the North East, to participating in the Volunteer Zambia project. Staff and students can also benefit from a range of health and well-being activities and facilities provided through Northumbria Sport. Programmes including Active Staff, Active Halls and the Northumbria Moves app help to incentivise exercise among our staff and students, with the new NU Thinking programme focusing specifically on student mental health.

At a Glance: From Our Research to Our Operations

  • Every year we produce over 700 graduates who enter health professions through our courses including nursing, social work, midwifery and occupational therapy.
  • Our research explores new and sustainable ways of addressing significant health and social care challenges with particular emphasis on prevention and management of long-term conditions, supporting vulnerable populations and developing innovative health interventions.
  • Our Bioeconomy specialism explores how to fight disease in a world where bacteria can resist antibiotics. Outputs of such research have included a new method for rapid and cost effective Ebola spot testing.
  • Recent studies undertaken at Northumbria to address long-term health conditions include a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) on the impact of yoga, and an exploration of the connections between Montmorency cherry juice and reduced blood pressure.
  • Sport Central is our £30 million state of the art sports facility that offers students, staff and the general public access to high quality facilities and services including a fitness centre, personal training, swimming pool and group exercise classes.
  • Northumbria Sport offers a range of initiatives for student and staff well-being, including NU Thinking, Active Halls and the Northumbria Moves scheme.
  • We participate in the Volunteer Zambia project which enables our students to take part in 6 week coaching placements with Zambian NGO ‘Sport in Action‘ each summer. The project supports young people who live in poverty as well as providing students with a unique personal development.
  • This year all of our Northumbria Sport Adventure Challenges are supporting the Northumbria Sport Foundation's campaign to raise over £10,000 to support student mental health.
  • The University is committed to the Time to Change Pledge and our comprehensive Staff Well-being programme includes events, well-being spaces and services to support staff mental and physical health.
  • Our Treasury Management and Ethical Investment Policy makes the commitment that we do not and will not directly invest in certain sectors, including tobacco companies and alcohol companies. Further details of our commitment can be found in our Ethical Investment Declaration.

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