Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities

This project will bring students and staff (non-academic/academic) from Scottish universities together with external stakeholders to explore how universities can have a positive and sustainable impact on the health and wellbeing (HWB) of local, including marginalised, communities within which they are situated. It will create better understandings of how university settings can promote health where we learn, work, live, and play. This necessitates key stakeholders (community members, community leaders, third sector services, students, academic and professional services staff, policy makers, designers, and health and social care service providers) working together to co-produce recommendations for policy and practice, based on current evidence and the experiences of those involved. The work will help to identify organisational strengths across universities in a variety of contexts and urban/rural settings, and areas for development in cooperation with local communities. The project will facilitate the embedding of healthy universities in cooperative, interdependent relationships with their communities and inform decision-making in relation to HWB policies and strategies. By bringing together a range of people in Scotland, this project will actively create opportunities for critical dialogue and promoting different ways of working, fostering innovation in everyday contexts of HWB whilst strengthening the impact and reach of our universities.

Programme Team:

Professor Judith Sixsmith (University of Dundee)

Ms Helen Ryall (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Linda McSwiggan (University of Dundee)

Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee)

Professor Mark Dooris (University of Central Lancashire)

Mrs Alison James (Roseangle Kitchen Café)

Professor Nanette Mutrie (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Alison Kirk (University of Strathclyde)

Mrs Seona McKenzie (University of Strathclyde)

Ms Joely Nicol (University of Dundee)