Welcome to Healthy Universities

A Healthy University aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances the health, wellbeing and sustainability of its community and enables people to achieve their full potential.

This website aims to encourage a whole university approach to health and wellbeing and facilitates national networking.  It is managed by the University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University.

National Network

The UK National Healthy Universities Network was established in 2006 and aims to offer a facilitative environment for the development of a whole university approach to health and wellbeing. In addition to virtual networking, Network meetings with themed workshops are held twice a year.  The next one is scheduled for:

24 May 2017 at York St John University

A report and presentations from the last meeting held at Nottingham Trent University (incorporating themed session on Healthy Universities - Respect & Consent) on Wednesday 16 November 2016 are available.

From 2009-2012, the University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University (working together with the Royal Society for Public Health and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and partnered by Leeds Trinity University, Nottingham Trent University, Teesside University and the University of the West of England) jointly led a HEFCE-funded project, Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities. This project enabled the Network to be strengthened and for this website and the Healthy Universities Toolkit to be developed. The Final Report and Executive Summary Report from the project are now available.

Additionally, a presentation summarising findings from a Research Study looking at the use of the Healthy Universities Self Review Tool is available.

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National Network

If you have any comments about the site, or ideas about how it can be improved please contact us at healthyuniversities@uclan.ac.uk.

International Charter

The Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges * was launched in 2015 at the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges – and sets out a radical and far-reaching vision:

“Health Promoting Universities and Colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the wellbeing of people, places and the planet…They infuse health into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates. By doing so, they enhance the success of our institutions; create campus cultures of compassion, well-being, equity and social justice; improve the health of the people who live, learn, work, play and love on our campuses; and strengthen the ecological, social and economic sustainability of our communities and wider society.”

Urging higher education institutions to incorporate health promotion values and principles into their mission, vision and strategic plans, and model and test approaches for the wider community and society, the Charter issues two Calls to Action for higher education institutions:

  • Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates.
  • Lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

* Once in library type Okanagan Charter in search box, to see online document, to download  scroll down page.




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