Student and Staff Wellbeing

Wellbeing Initiatives

Wellbeing Initiatives

Current Wellbeing Initiatives

Student Health and Wellbeing Services are committed to exploring new avenues in which our students' wellbeing can be nurtured and enhanced. Our current and ongoing wellbeing initiatives can be found below: 

Pianos on Campus

The act of playing/listening to a musical instrument can help us savour a moment of ‘time out’ in the midst of a busy day, and not only for the benefit of the performer.   Many of our staff and students do not have easy access to a piano whilst they are on Campus and this is something we recognise.   Therefore, and as an early launch of this initiative, across the University you will find ‘Pianos on Campus’ which follow the St Pancras model of being in communal places for everyone to play whatever their musical ability.  You will currently find them housed in:

  • The Student Union; Luthers Bar.
  • The Student Union; First Floor Recreation Space
  • The Frederic Douglas Building; Exhibition Space
  • Dental School; Student Common Room

with more places to follow, and you check where they will be on your Newcastle University App

Each of these pianos has the following sign letting you know that...

 pianos on campus



Meditation and Mindfulness

We provide regular guided Meditation sessions at Newcastle University. The sessions are led by the Honorary Buddhist Chaplain, Chris Earle-Storey and more information regarding the time and location of the sessions can be found here

 These sessions are open to all students and staff at the University.

Borrow Bessie

BESSIE UPDATE:  To support us all to reduce social distance Bessie will be taking a break from walks.  We shall let you know when this changes. 



Newcastle University knows that time spend with animals can alleviate worry, provide comfort and mitigate against feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Combining this with fresh air and physical exercise can be a cocktail for positive physical and mental wellbeing.

To support you in this, why not spend time with the Student Health and Wellbeing dog Bessie?

Bessie is available for walks and company during working hours for up to 30 minutes.

To book your time with Bessie or find out more email