Reports and Other Publications

Alcohol and Drugs Prevention in Colleges and Universities

A review of the literature published by Mentor UK in 2007

Carbon Reduction Target and Strategy for Higher Education in England

The Carbon Reduction Target and Strategy for Higher Education in England was published by HEFCE in 2010.

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Department of Health - Health Improvement Microsite

This section of the Department of Health's website has been archived however it contains useful policy documents on key public health topics such as obesity, tobacco, alcohol and sexual health.

Development Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities Final Report

Final Report of the HEFCE-funded ‘Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities’ Project

Development Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities Final Report: Executive Summary

Executive Summary Report of the HEFCE-funded ‘Developing Leadership and Governance for Healthy Universities’ Project

E-Cigarettes Policies

Summary collating information received from members following an information request regarding e-cigarettes in December 2014.

Education for Sustainable Development

The Higher Education Academy, QAA, NUS and HEFCE have all sought to encourage and support institutions and subject communities to develop curricula and pedagogy that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably

Education for Sustainable Development (Unesco)

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning.

Fair Society Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010

Fair Society Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010 is the final report of the Marmot review. It champions a social determinants approach to reducing health inequalities.

Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion in Higher Education

Report prepared in 2007 by the Universities UK/GuildHE Committee for the Promotion of Mental Well-being in Higher Education, which aims to be a source of guidance for senior managers in Higher Education in developing policies, procedures and activities promoting mental health.

Health Promoting Universities Document

Published by the World Health Organisation document in 1998 This working document provides conceptual and practical guidance on how to set up and develop a health-promoting university project.

Health Promoting University ‘Health Matters’ Action Plan – University College Cork

An action plan developed by University College Cork as part of its ‘Health Matters’ Initiative, with the aim of stimulating ‘whole system’ change so that the health and wellbeing of students and staff becomes a prominent part of the culture of our university and is at the forefront of all policy and activity.

Healthy Lives, Healthy People

This White Paper sets out the Government’s long-term vision for the future of public health in England. The aim is to create a ‘wellness’ service (Public Health England) and to strengthen both national and local leadership.

How Can Universities Support Disadvantaged Communities?

A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (research by Fred Robinson, Ian Zass-Ogilvie and Ray Hudson) exploring what universities can do to help disadvantaged people by providing access to opportunities and facilities, resources and expertise.

Improving performance through wellbeing and engagement

This HEFCE-funded project focused on staff performance, engagement and wellbeing – and finished in 2011. The legacy of the project has been handed over to the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), which will take forward the work. The products of the project can be found on the UCEA site.

Learning in Future Environments (LiFE)

Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) is a comprehensive performance improvement system developed specifically to help colleges and universities to manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and sustainability performance. It has been developed and delivered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges with generous support from its partners.

Mental Health of Students in Higher Education

Second edition of Report published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011.

NUS Mental Health Toolkit

This toolkit which offers information, guidance and ideas on how you can raise awareness of mental health in your institution and campaign on Mental Health issues that are affecting your students.

On Your Feet Britain Study

A Study around the effectiveness of simple behaviour change campaigns in higher education institution settings conducted by Becky Richards, a PhD student from Cardiff University.

Reducing the Risk of Student Suicide: Issues and Responses for Higher Education Institutions

UUK guidelines to help higher education institutions to take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of suicide and attempted suicide in the student population

RSPH Guide for World Class Commissioners. Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Reducing Inequalities

This Guide has been developed by the Royal Society for Public Health in partnership with the National Social Marketing Centre, with funding from the English Department of Health. It will assist Commissioners to make the most of the best methods of promoting health, using the latest understanding of how we can support people to make healthy choices as individuals within the social and environmental contexts in which they live. The Guide will also be of value to Providers in giving insight into the Commissioning process.

Sensible Drinking Amongst Students in HEIs in the South West Region

An exploration of current practice relating to the promotion of sensible drinking across 12 of the HEIs on the South West Region published by the University of the West Of England

Small-scale feasibility study to evaluate the effects of the ‘On Your Feet Britain’ campaign in a higher education institution setting

A Study around the effectiveness of simple behaviour change campaigns in higher education institution settings conducted by Becky Richards, a PhD student from Cardiff University.

Student Bean Sex Survey

A survey of over 5,000 students' view on sexual health – which beyond the 'sex league' statistics contains some interesting information relevant to sexual health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Development in Higher Education

HEFCE published their first sustainable development strategy in 2005 and have subsequently published action plans and other reports.

Unitcheck Alcohol Resource

Unitcheck is a free alcohol resource which has been developed by Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. It is a questionnaire style resource which gives individuals personal feedback on potential risks to health and comparisons with peer behaviour. Students can access to the Unitcheck tool by registering at . For further information contact or to discuss the use of the tool contact Dr Bridgette Bewick on 0044 (0) 113 3430809.

Universities and the green economy: graduates for the future

The HEA held its first Policy 'Think tank' in February 2012 to investigate how the HE sector can contribute to 'greening the economy'. The think tank was a stimulating event packed with illuminating discussions, innovative ideas, and valuable contributions from inspirational speakers and delegates from across HE, student bodies, and industry.

Universities Human Resources: Changing Times in UK Universities – What Difference Can HR Make?

This 2012 research report, written by Linda Holbeche, considers the current contributions and strengths of HR within higher education – and also outlines ways in which the contribution could be strengthened and improved.

Universities that Count: A Report on Benchmarking Environmental and Corporate Responsibility in Higher Education

Report published by Business in the Community in 2007.

University Challenge: Towards a Well-Being Approach to Quality in Higher Education

Report published in 2008 by the New Economics Foundation (commissioned by QAA).

Workplace Wellbeing Tool

Health, Work and Well-being's Workplace Wellbeing Tool - a free resource to help employers estimate the business cost of poor health.


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