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Staff Wellbeing


There are numerous staff wellbeing support services available to ECRs. Below are examples of the support available to you as a member of staff:

The wellbeing of their staff is of high importance to the University of Exeter. We have a range of both internal and external support services, should you be in need of help. All of this support is listed on the Staff Wellbeing webpage. Below are some links to particular staff wellbeing support:

- Mental Health Support

- Helping Someone else

- Self-Care

- Peer Support

- Menopause Guidance

Please see the drop down below which lists some of the support networks available at the University. 

The University's Occupational Health team are here to support all staff with concerns surrounding health both physical and mental, stress and those with a disability. You can either self refer to the occupational health team or your manager may refer you if they are concerned about your health. Full details of the wide range of support offered by the Occupational Health team can be found on their website. 

Staff Life offers a range of regular weekly/monthly groups focused around specific interests. These are open to all ECRs. Some are run by a professional/experienced coach, teacher or group leader. Others are staff organised social groups. Groups range from football and frisbee to crafts, singing and mindful meditation. Many are free and those which aren’t, you can pay the instructor directly. You can see the timetable for current online groups here as well as seeing those we usually run, AND check this link for the free online classes by the Sports Park.  

If you’re finding things tough at the moment, please don’t forget we can all make use of our free and completely confidential Employee Assistance Programme, Spectrum Life, available 24/7 365 days a year for you, your partner or spouse and any dependents over the age of 16, still living at home. Spectrum Life’s trained counsellors are skilled at supporting with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and bereavement, addictions, relationship problems, workplace conflict, life transitions (e.g. career progression or retirement) etc. Colleagues can also use the service for: legal and financial assistance, mediation for disputes, career guidance, consumer support, life coaching, support for non-nationals and help with practical day to day issues such as travel, eldercare and childcare. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is definitely worth exploring how they might help you and your family. To access the service simply click to login HERE with the access code: EAPSPECTRUMLIFE or call 08081962016 (Freephone).

Here at the University of Exeter, we want to make sure that all members of staff feel safe and are treated with Dignity and Respect. 

You can find more about the work the university does on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on their webpages. They have a wealth of support and resources available to you including:

Should you experience anything that does not meet the universities high standard you can speak to one of our Dignity and Respect Advisors or report an issue confidentially through our Speak Out webpage.

There are a variety of networks to support staff while at the University, these include:

Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group

The University Chaplaincy and Staff Wellbeing teams have launched a Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group - a support network for colleagues experiencing any form of grief or bereavement. You could be at any stage of this experience including, for example, a recent loss, a loss some time ago, facing the future loss of someone close, miscarriage, or the 'loss' of someone still living in the case of advanced dementia where personality change and memory loss can be common.  The group is a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities with much mutual support. This is open to all colleagues regardless of worldview or religious faith.  Click here to find out more and to attend a meeting.