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Wellbeing at Work

There is a strong evidence base showing that work is good for physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The University recognises the crucial contribution that our people make to the achievement of the University's aims. We are aiming to be not just an employer and equally we want colleagues to feel that they are not just an employee.

The University has formal obligations to protect its staff by trying to minimise the hazards they are exposed to at work. Whilst the effects of exposure to physical hazards such as noise, dust and chemicals has been acknowledged for many years, there is also growing evidence work issues such as work life balance and pressure at work can also impact on our health and wellbeing.

Addressing Wellbeing at University of Reading aims to

  • To improve work / life quality and balance
  • To be healthier, happier and more successful as individuals
  • To support employees through difficult times and ill health

The following tools are to help with your Wellbeing at Work.

Preventing and Managing Stress

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff and recognises the importance of fostering psychological as well as physical well-being. Stress is a complex subject and the University has to deal with its effects irrespective of its source.The University aims to reduce the levels of stress so far as is reasonably practicable. This is achieved in practice through appropriate job design, creating a supportive work environment, training and supporting managers and employees to assist them in preventing and coping with workplace stress, and supporting employees if and when they are experiencing stress.

Stress policy and guidance

Please note this policy and guidance is currently being reviewed and the updated versions will be published shortly (Jan 2024).




Wellbeing Peer Support

Wellbeing Peer Support is a network of trained University staff who are a first point of contact if you are experiencing a mental health issue, poor wellbeing or emotional distress.

Bullying and Harassment Support

We have a network of volunteers from across the University that form the Harassment Peer Support Network who are ready to offer support and advice.  We have also recently introduced Report and Support, an online system allowing staff, students and visitors to campus to report sexual harassment, bullying and other incidents to the University

Diversity Networks

We have a number of diversity networks helping to support and promote diversity and inclusion.  These include BAME Network, LGBTQIA+ Network, Parent and Family Network and  women@reading 

Connect with a diversity network

Occupational Health

Occupational Health look at how work impacts on health and vice versa.

Staff Forum

The staff Forum are a group of volunteers who actively discuss and seek practical solutions to improving your working experience. As part of this, they bring forward questions, ideas or concerns to senior management.  Staff Forum also helps the University to inform and consult with employees grades 1-5 but is not a trade union. The University of Reading has a formal recognition agreement with the University and College Union (UCU), giving them sole bargaining rights for staff on grades 6 and above.

Read more about the Staff Forum

Coffee with a Colleague

Coffee With a Colleague (CWAC) is a new scheme that offers colleagues across the institution an easy way to connect with others outside of their immediate area of work.

Read more about CWAC

Trade Union

The University of Reading has a formal recognition agreement in place with one Trade Union, the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU)

Read more about UCU


Life at the University can be full of challenges. Sometimes it helps to speak to somebody. All of the chaplains are available to provide a listening ear. Feel free to call, email or just drop in.

Follow their website

People Development

People development currently have a range of course that can help enhance wellbeing.

Other Useful resources  

Given the high levels of stress and poor mental health we are seeing in UK workers, there is a growing demand for innovative and proactive ways of managing our mental health at work.  Mind (the mental health charity), have put together the following action plans:

Fact sheet on Building Resilience

Fact sheet on Preventing Burnout

Fact sheet on Mindfulness

Fact sheet on Coping with Uncertainty

Fact sheet on Balancing Workload

Fact sheet on Back care in the workplace

Fact sheet on Staying Well at Work