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Health & Wellbeing

According to Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students in colleges is a critical issue. The Association of Colleges has brought together case studies from colleges and information from external resources which provide support.

In this section, you will find:

  • Staff health and wellbeing case studies
  • Mental health support
  • Details on AoC Sport
  • Upcoming workshops
  • Useful resources

Staff health and wellbeing case studies

AoC, in collaboration with AoC Sport, has produced a new booklet – Promoting staff health and wellbeing within colleges - which highlights the health and wellbeing initiatives and useful tools being used in colleges across the country. Individual case studies are from:

  • Great Yarmouth College
  • Harlow College
  • Burnley College
  • College of West Anglia, Hartpury College & Peter Symonds College
  • East Riding College
  • Swindon College
  • Truro & Penwith College

Mental Health

AoC has guidance and support documents for colleges:

If you have any feedback on how to improve the guidance above, please contact Nikki Brown, Member Services Coordinator.

AoC Sport

AoC Sport is the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity that advise and support colleges to embed physical activity and create an active culture within colleges to benefit students and staff.

For further advice and support regarding staff physical activity programmes, please contact


  • In-house Training - Stress Prevention, Management and Staff Wellbeing

This programme is designed to help HR, support staff, welfare staff, health and safety staff, lecturers and managers recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and associated health conditions in staff and intervene appropriately.

To register your interest in this in-house training programme, contact our training and development team at:

  • In-house Training - Mental Health Awareness Programme

This practical course will provide college staff with knowledge, skills and confidence to recognise the early warning signs of mental ill health, provide emotional support and practical help on a first aid basis and effectively signpost someone to the right support services - Learn more

To register your interest in this in-house training programme, contact our training and development team at: