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Wellbeing on Weekdays

Our programme of skills based or psycho-educational workshops, groups, social events, campaigns and faith services are led by the Wellbeing department teams


Wellbeing on Weekdays 2022 - 2023

Our programme of Wellbeing on Weekdays (WoW) events are designed to offer you skills based support to maintain your personal wellbeing and to learn skills which will become transferable in the workplace.  The events are faciliated by a range of staff from the Wellbeing department often supported by colleagues from Professional Services or the Academy. Some events will be held in person and some on MS Teams when an invite will be sent to registered participants. We've also included wellbeing at the weekend opportunities with our multifaith chaplaincy services and events. 

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Autumn 2022 WoW Programme 

Event details may be removed after the WoW event has taken place.

Wellbeing Welcome: 14-19 September (Wellbeing Department)

Wellbeing Welcome.

We're excited to see new and returning students arrive on campus and the Wellbeing department teams will be available to answer questions about support, help with homesickness or loneliness, help you meet new friends and much more.

  • Wednesday 14 September: 10am - 4pm; Founder's East 1
  • Thursday 15 September: 10am - 4pm; Founder's East 1
  • Friday 16 September: 10am - 4pm; Founder's East 1
  • Saturday 17 September: 10am - 4pm; Wellbeing gazebo, Founder's Square
  • Sunday 18 September: 10am - 4pm; Wellbeing gazebo, Founder's Square
  • Monday 19 September: 10am - 4pm, Student Services Centre

Please do come and say hello and find out more about how we support you at Royal Holloway.

Weekly Chapel Services: 19 September - 9 December (Multifaith Chaplaincy)

Multifaith Chaplaincy regular services



Evening Worship (Christians Together).



Catholic Mass.



Compline (Night Prayer).



Morning Prayer a short service with a thought for the day and music from the Chapel Choir. 



The Table: Shared Communion - an informal communion led by Orion, Anglican Chaplain.  All welcome. 



Choral Evensong (Sung by Chapel Choir) - a traditional service of Choral Evensong sung by the Choir of Royal Holloway.  All are welcome and no commitment is required. 



Catholic Mass 



Friday Prayers (Muslim Prayer Room, Wettons Annexe)

Sunday Evening Worship & Events: 25 September - 8 December (Multifaith Chaplaincy)

 Term 1 theme: Faith, Justice and History 

Sunday Evening Worship & Special Events
Sunday 25 September Welcome Service. The Chaplains.
Sunday 2 October Faith & the Environment

Fr Darrell Hannah, Chair, Operation Noah. 

Thursday 6 October Evensong for World Mental Health Day. Shanika Ranasinghe, PhD student.
Sunday 9 October Faith & Good Government. Fr John Dickson, Catholic Chaplain.
Sunday 16 October  Faith & Black History. Renée Landell, Humanities School.
Sunday 23 October Faith & Persecution. Fr John Dickson, Catholic Chaplain.
Sunday 30 October

The Faith of the Saints.

Holy Communion for All Saints.

Professor Kate Cooper.

Professor of History.

Thursday 3 November

Choral Evensong for All Souls.

With commemoration of loved ones lost.

Revd Dr Orion Edgar. 
Sunday 6 November Faith, Radicalism & the Gunpowder Plot Fr John Dickson, Catholic Chaplain.
Thursday 10 November Remembrance Choral Evensong.

Dr Edward Madigan.

Senior Lecturer in Public History.

Friday 11 November  Act of Remembrance.  From 10:50am.
Sunday 13 November  Faith & Memory: Remembrance Sunday. Revd Dr Orion Edgar.
Sunday 20 November Faith & the Kingship of Christ. Fr John Dickson. 
Sunday 27 November

Faith in the one who comes.

Advent Carol Service 

Revd Dr Orion Edgar.

Saturday 3 December  A Festival of Lessons and Carols Tickets available from 1 November.
Sunday 4 December A Festival of Lessons and Carols Tickets available from 1 November.
Thursday 8 December  A Festival of Lessons and Carols Tickets available from 1 November.

World Mental Health Day: Monday 10 October (Support & Guidance)

World Mental Health Day.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

  • Monday 10 October.
  • 12:00pm  - 2:00pm.
  • Davison foyer
  • Led by Lucy, Head of Support & Guidance & Steve, Harassment & Wellbeing Adviser.

Our team will be available in the Davison foyer from 12pm - 2pm on World Mental Health Day to chat, answer questions and will have a range of goodies available for you to take away including our fabulous Wellbeing stress hearts and lollies! 

Reading Changes Everything: Monday 10 October (Disability & Neurodiversity)

Reading changes everything: Reading strategies for disabled students.

  • Monday 10 October.
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm.
  • Online
  • Led by Fiona, Academic Adviser.

Academic Adviser (Disability) Fiona will be leading a session for students registered with the Disability team looking at different ways of approaching reading and processing academic text; talking about the assistive technology that can help and providing suggestions on how to increase your reading speed and strategies for proof-reading work effectively.

Email for more information and to book your place. This workshop is available to students who are registered with the Disability & Neurodiversity team.

The Big Read - Mental Health: Thursday 13 October (Support & Guidance) 

The Big Read - Mental Health

  • Thursday 13 October.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Windsor, Seminar room 0-03.
  • Supported by Lucy, Head of Support & Guidance. 

Hear Phil Stamper, author of ‘The Gravity of Us’, answer our Wellbeing team's questions about the representation of mental health in the book; listen to Wellbeing's 'Top Tips' for starting university; and enjoy a talk about wellbeing from Lucy. 

Find out more here

Writing Workshop: Monday 17 October (Disability & Neurodiversity)

Writing workshop – Academic Writing: Planning and Structuring your Essay.

  • Monday 17 October.
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm.
  • Online
  • Led by Mona, Academic Adviser.

This workshop will help you to effectively break the process of essay wrting into manageable and clear chunks. Also, it will help you  decode and understand an assignment/essay question and structure your answers accordingly in a coherent way.

Email for more information and to book your place. This workshop is available to students who are registered with the Disability & Neurodiversity team.

Let's Talk About Mental Health: Wednesday 19 October (Mental Health)

Let's Talk About Mental Health.

  • Wednesday 19 October 
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • TBA,
  • Led by Phil, Mental Health Practitioner.

Email for more information and to book your place. 

Stress Awareness Day: Wednesday 2 November (Support & Guidance)

Stress Awareness Day.

  • Wednesday 2 November.
  • 2:30pm  - 4:00pm
  • Davison building 1-04.
  • Led by our Wellbeing Advisers. 

Email for more information and to book your place.  

Graduate visas: Monday 14 November (International Advice)

A Graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK. If you’re interested in remaining in the UK post-graduation, be sure to attend this talk next week from Tom Pease, our resident expert on visas for the UK. Find the event in the Careers Portal, where you can book a spot on the event or just enter the MS Teams call on the day. Booking is not mandatory. 

  • Monday 14 November 
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Online
  • Led by Tom, Head of International & Money Advice 

Anxiety Management Skills: Wednesday 16 November (Mental Health)

Anxiety Management Skills

  • Wednesday 16 November.
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm.
  • Windsor 0-02
  • Led by Jane, Mental Health Practitioner. 

This workshop will help you understand what anxiety is and why we experience these feelings, physical sensations and behaviours. Identifying and exploring your own anxiety cycle and building a toolkit of some simple strategies that will support you to feel more in control and able to cope in times of stress or anxiety.

Email for more information and to book your place.

Look After Your Mate: Tuesday 22 November (Wellbeing Department) 

Student Minds Look After Your Mate workshop

  • Tuesday 22 November.
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Large Boardroom, Founder's West
  • Led by Susan (Disability Adviser) and Kate (Money & Funding Adviser)

This interactive Student Minds workshop aims to empower students to support friends experiencing mental health difficulties. The workshop will provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to support these individuals; whilst looking after your own mental health too.”

Students will receive a certificate on completion.

Please note that some of the workshop content may cause unwelcome and distressing memories or thoughts for some students. Please contact if you would like to discuss whether this workshop is suitable for you.

Book your place via Eventbrite.  

White Ribbon Day: Friday 25 November (Support & Guidance)

White Ribbon Day 

  • Friday 25 November.
  • Time tbc
  • Location tbc
  • Led by Steve and Chris, Harassment & Wellbeing Advisers.

As a White Ribbon accredited university we’ll be marking White Ribbon day on 25th November 2022.  We’ll be marking our commitment to the campaign and to encourage our community to prevent violence against women and girls by addressing its root causes.  During the day we will maintain the preventative stance and encourage everyone, especially men, to make the White Ribbon Promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.

Email to find out more. 

Conquer Public Speaking: Thursday 1 December (Mental Health)

Conquer Public Speaking.

  • Thursday 1 December .
  • 2:00pm  - 4:00pm
  • Location tbc
  • Led by Phil, Mental Health Practitioner.

Details to follow.

Email for more information and to book your place.

Time management is life management: Thursday 8 December (Disability & Neurodiversity)

Time management is life management.

Time management for students with specific learning difficulties and neurodiverse students only.

  • Thursday 8 December.
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm.
  • Online.
  • Led by Jackie, Academic Adviser.

Academic Adviser (Specific Learning Difficulties) Jackie Knowles will be leading a session for students registered with the Disability team.  

  • Are you struggling with finding time to  study ?
  • Are you procrastinating around your deadlines?

Effective time management can help you achieve your goals with less stress and with better results.  During the session you will look at strategies that are customisable for  students with a Specific Learning Difficulty / neuorodiverse and be provided with some resources to help.

Email for more information and to book your place. This workshop is available to students who are registered with the Disability & Neurodiversity team.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023: 15 - 21 May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. Every year, we want as many people as possible – individuals, communities, and governments – to think about the theme for the week and how it relates to their daily lives and work.

The theme for 2023 is anxiety. Watch this space for how we'll be getting our community involved.

MHAW 2023 Anxiety



Five Ways to Wellbeing (shared from Charlie Waller

Following the Five Ways to Wellbeing can protect and improve our mental health. If you can’t do all five every day, just start with one – you’ll soon see a difference!


Connect - Good relationships help our brains produce chemicals that make us happy.  They give us a sense of belonging and self-worth

  • Make a playlist of your favourite songs andshare it with a friend.
  • Join a club or a team to meet people with similar interests.
  • Cook a meal together with friends or family

Be Active

Physical activity is good for our minds and bodies, reducing stress and anxiety and boosting confidence.

  • Where possible, take the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Learn a new dance move.
  • Have a good stretch.

Campus Walks 

We suggest you take advantage of our amazing short campus walks to take a break from the books and online resources and keep active

Keep learning 

Learning new things gives you new perspectives on the world around you and opens doors to new opportunities.  

  • Do a puzzle, word search or Sudoku.
  • Learn the numbers 1 to 10 in a different language.
  • Take up a new hobby or project.

Give to Others

Acts of giving and kindness towards other people or in your community create positive feelings and a sense of reward.

  • Complete a household chore that someone else might usually do.
  • Do a random act of kindness today.
  • Give a word of encouragement or a smile to brighten someone’s day.

Take Notice

Stopping to take in the present moment can give a more balanced outlook on life and help keeping us from worrying about the past or future. 

  • Start a happiness jar – write down at least one thing every day that has made you happy and pop it in the jar.
  • Look outside and notice any signs that the seasons are changing.
  • Take note of one thing that makes you feel calm and relaxed and one that makes you feel excited.













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