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.

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

2022-23 Student Wellbeing Activities Semester 1
Week Date and Time Activity Location and
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Welcome Tuesday 6 September
14.00-15.00
Time out Tea Student Wellbeing Services
 

Wednesday 7 September, 11.00 - 16.00

Watt Welcome Fair

Oriam

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  Friday 9 September      14.00 - 15.00 Wellbeing Walk Student Wellbeing Services
  Friday 9 September, 14.00 - 15.00 Voice Vibe Music Cottage, meet at James Watt Statue at 1.55
1 Tuesday 13 September
12.00-13.00
Time out Tea Student Wellbeing Services
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  Thursday 15 September    15.00 - 16.00 Wellbeing Crafts Student Wellbeing Services
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  Friday 16 September, 14.00 - 15.00 Wellbeing Walk Student Wellbeing Services
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2 Tuesday 20 September
14.00-15.00
Looking after yourself at Uni Online
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  Wednesday 21 September      13.00 - 14.00 Have a break: Tea and Cake! PGR students only. Student Wellbeing Services
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  Wednesday 21 September       12,00 - 1.00 How to be a Good Student... by a Bad one.

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  Thursday 22 September        16.00 - 17.00 Time out Tea

Student Wellbeing Services   

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3 Wednesday 28 September
11.00-12.00
Planning for Success

Online

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  Thursday 29 September    16.00 - 17.00 Mindfulness

Online   

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4 Tuesday 4 October
14.00 -15.00
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

TBC

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  Thursday 6 October
11.00-12.00
Mental Health Awareness

Online

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  Thursday 6 October
15.00-16.00
How to get started with your Dissertation

Online

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5 Tuesday 11 October
11.00-12.00
How to get started with your Dissertation

Online

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  Wednesday 12 October        11.00 - 12.00 Coping with Presentation Nerves

TBC

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  Thursday 13 October        16.00 - 17.00 Mindfulness

Online

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  Friday   14 October
11.00-12.30
Procrastination and Perfectionism: Done is Better than Perfect

Online

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6 Monday 17 October 15:00-16:00 Sleep

Online 

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  Tuesday 18 October 10.00-11.00 Wellbeing Walk

Student Wellbeing Services

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  Wednesday 19 October 13.00 - 14.00 Have a Break: Tea and Cake!  PGR Students Only.

Student Wellbeing Services

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  Thursday 20 October
12.00-13.00
Time out Tea

TBC

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7 Tuesday 25 October 11.00-12.00 Looking after your Mental Health at University

Online

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  Thursday 27 October 16.00 -17.00 Mindfulness

Online

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8 Tuesday 1 November 12.00 - 13.00 How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

TBC

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  Wednesday 2 November
8.30-9.00
Morning Meditation

Online

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9 Wednesday 9 November
8.30-9.00
Morning Meditation

Online

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  Thursday 10 November 16.00 - 17.00 Mindfulness

Online

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10 Wednesday 16 November 8.30 - 9.00 Morning Meditation

Online

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11 Tuesday 22 November          12.00-1.00 Time out Tea

TBC

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  Tuesday 22 November
14.00-15.00
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Online

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12 Weekdays 15.00 - 16.00  Exam Stress and Wellbeing Drop Ins

Online or Student Wellbeing Services

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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 session 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