Wellbeing activities

Our wellbeing activities give you the opportunity to take a small break from busy university life to focus on your own physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you want to meet other students, or find techniques to overcome any stress or anxiety – we offer a wide range of activities and workshops.

COVID-19 update

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the majority of our activities will be online, however, there will be a few opportunities for on campus activities. All sessions will require registration. Details are available in the timetable below.

Registration for activities closes 24 hours before the session starts. For activities held on a Monday, registration closes on the Friday before the session.

Wellbeing activities timetable

2021-22 Student Wellbeing Activities Semester 2
Week Date and Time Activity Location and
Sign Up Link
2 Thursday 20 January
11.00-12.00
Coping with Presentation Nerves Online
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3 Tuesday 25 January
16.00-17.00
Planning for Success Online
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  Thursday 27 January
16.00-17.00
Mindfulness Online
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4 Thursday 3 February
16.00-17.00
Mindfulness Online
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5 Wednesday 09 February
10.00-11.00
Can Coaching Make Me Happier? Online
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  Wednesday 09 February
15.00-16.00
How to Manage Your Dissertation Online
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  Thursday 10 February
16.00-17.00
Mindfulness Online
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6 Tuesday 15 February
12.00-13.00
Perfectionism & Resilience Online
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  Wednesday 16 February
15.00-16.00
Time out Tea On Campus Student Wellbeing Centre
7 Monday 21 February 14:00-15:00 Managing Your Mental Health Online Sign up here
  Thursday 24 February
16.00-17.00
Mindfulness Online
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8 Monday 28 February 16.00-17.00 Managing Stress and Anxiety Online
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9 Monday 7 March to Friday 20 May 15.00-15.30 and 15.30-16.00 Exam Stress and Wellbeing Advice Appointments with the Student Success Advisors Email studentwellbeing@hw.ac.uk to book an online appointment
  Thursday 10 March
15.30-17.00
Dissertation: Done Is Better Than Perfect   Online
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10 Thursday 17 March
16.00-17.00
Take a Breather: Mindfulness and Relaxation Hour   Online
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11 Tuesday 22 March            14.30-15.30 Managing Stress and Anxiety Online
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  Wednesday 23 March
16.00-17.00
Take a Breather: Mindfulness and Relaxation Hour  Online Sign up here
12 Tuesday 29 March
12.00-13.00
Time out Tea On Campus Student Wellbeing Centre
Self care and your studies
Time at university can be very enjoyable but also quite stressful. Academic life makes many demands on students and sometimes it might be easy to forget to look after yourself. This informal presentation will look at ways of taking care of ourselves, both physically and emotionally, including making time to calm down, take breaks, re-energise and feel good about yourself, with the goal of supporting good health and having the best chance for success. 
Perfectionism and resilience
During the session we will look at perfectionism and how it can sneak into daily life, what we can do when things go wrong,what we mean by resilience and how to develop more of it.
Coping with presentation nerves
Strategies to help make presenting less of an ordeal. It is common for people to get nervous at the thought of giving a presentation. Standing up and speaking in front of a group can cause anxiety and mind blanks. This session will equip you with some strategies to manage nerves and help you overcome the fears associated with speaking in public.
How to manage exam stress
Stressed out because exams are looming? Using cognitive behavioural principles this workshop will show you some useful methods to remain calm, feel good and manage both your revision and exams by exploring: how to avoid behaviours that can make stress worse; how stress can affect you - identifying your own exam stress 'triggers'; how to use breathing techniques to help manage anxiety.
Planning for success
This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on your University experience so far.  You will learn about the full range of support available at Heriot-Watt and we will help you to create an action plan of the steps you can take to help ensure a successful Semester.
Managing anxiety
Do you often feel anxious or stressed, or do certain situations sometimes feel overwhelming or too much? Learn helpful techniques to manage anxiety using a cognitive behavioural approach.
How to get started with your dissertation

Run by student success advisors, this workshop will help you make a successful start on your dissertation.  As recent HWU graduates, student success advisors have experience of completing a dissertation or project from different subject areas, so can provide you with some tips on taking those first steps.

This 'power hour' will address planning and structuring, how to approach primary research, creating personal deadlines, managing stress, and staying motivated.

Time-out tea

This is an informal opportunity to meet other students online and enjoy some afternoon tea from the comfort of your own home.

Mindfulness

Do you find that you often feel stressed, anxious or on edge? Do you tend to find yourself preoccupied, thinking about the future or going over past events in your mind? Would you like to try a difference approach to managing worry, stress or runaway thoughts? Then you might find the mindfulness group helpful. This is a small, friendly group which aims to help you manage and overcome some of these issues by looking at how to be more mindful in our lives. If you would like more information please email studentwellbeing@hw.ac.uk

Exam stress and wellbeing advice appointments with the student success advisors

Our student success advisors are all recent Heriot-Watt graduates, so have successfully been through what current students are experiencing and can help with:

  • All aspects of coping with the stresses and challenges of preparing for assessments
  • Hints and tips for successful study
  • Advice on managing time and commitments
  • Signposting useful resources and support
  • Advice on all elements of student life.

Key information

Student Wellbeing Services