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Resources for Staff

Ulster University is committed to ensuring staff feel supported and have access to support as and when needed. You will be aware that People and Culture regularly organise training sessions for staff such as Suicide Awareness, Mental Health for Line Managers and Stress and Emotional Resilience etc. A schedule for activity in 2018 is currently being developed. Watch this space for updates and keep an eye on all-staff emails promoting these events as they are scheduled.

Guided mindfulness
meditation practice

Thursday 12.30- 1.00pm
19 Sept – Easter in room E205 Coleraine
Contact Michelle McGill for more information


Campus Choirs

Jordanstown : Wednesday 1 - 2pm in Garnerville Room (temporary venue) which is beside Student Support Block 15, JN mall
Contact : Michele Wright for more information


Coleraine : Wednesday & Friday 1.15pm - 2pm in the CollabLab
Contact :  Deirbhile Doherty for more information

Stress Management Resources

As the University progresses through this period of significant change, it may be helpful to managers and staff to consider the resources listed below to support and / or assist them with their responsibilities in relation to stress management.

Further assistance on individual issues, or in relation to relevant policies, is available by contacting HR Business Partnering, Health & Safety, or Occupational Health directly.

University’s Stress Management Procedure

The procedure includes information in relation to management responsibilities.

Generic Stress Risk Assessment form (RA7/1).

This is required for each area of work, and needs to be reviewed periodically.

Health and Safety Services can also assist with an online Stress survey that can inform this assessment.

Individual Stress Management Questionnaire (RA7/2).

This form is used by managers alongside their discussion with an individual employee about matters of stress at work, and to record appropriate action planning.

Staff Development Programmes, in particular:

Managers

  • Stress Management training (If you haven’t previously attended, or it has been some time since you did, you should book onto an available date through CoreHR)
  • Facilitating Crucial Conversations
  • Coaching skills, including refresher training

Staff

  • Dealing with Change
  • Introduction to Mindfulness at Work
  • Interview Skills training & support workshops and further one-to-one support

People and Culture Programmes, in particular:

Managers

  • Mental health awareness for line managers

Staff

  • Stress and emotional resilience

Inspire

The Inspire service is available 24/7 for confidential and immediate support on 0808 800 0002.  Inspire also provide other useful resources that are immediately available to staff via their website at inspirewellbeing.org/workplaces.

Occupational Health

If you are concerned about the health and well-being of a member of staff, or consider that they might benefit from additional OH support, you should refer them to Occupational Health. A referral form is available here.  Individuals may also self-refer to Occupational Health on a confidential basis.

Vulnerability factors

Students in higher education are at an age vulnerable to mental illness as 75% of mental health difficulties develop before the age of 25. 16-25 is the key age group to target with preventative & early interventions.

Student Minds

If you are worried about someone's mental health, there are things you can do to help.