Friday 28th June 2019

Let’s celebrate the success of the 21 Universities and College’s from across Scotland who took part in the 2018-19 Healthy Body Healthy mind awards!

The 2018-19 academic year saw 21 institutions from across Scotland take part in the Healthy Body Healthy Mind awards. To recap, the HBHM awards are a partnership initiative between NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport, funded by the Scottish Government, which focus on the link between sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health. It was extremely positive to have not only existing institutions who have been involved since the beginning of the awards, but also those who have never taken part. It’s safe to say that the engagement and enthusiasm towards the project was greater than ever.

With a newly revised criteria, more resources and three HBHM events throughout the year to ensure as much support as possible, all 21 Universities and Colleges put in some of the best work we have seen to date. To conclude such a successful year, our SSS representative on the panel – Megan – took to the stage at our SSS Annual Awards dinner at Drygate Brewery to announce the awarded stars to each of the institutions who took part. A wonderful evening celebrating the hard work and success of those who took part over the past year.

Moving forward, as we move fast approach the 19/20 academic year it’s an exciting time for the project. As we review how to better the awards and take it forward in a new and improved direction, the future is looking bright. As a collective of SSS, NUS and Ash Scotland, we hope to streamline the project having taken on board our member’s feedback to deliver an up to date and exciting new criteria, framework and overall project.

Below you can find a list of awards stars the 18/19 academic year;

 

Working towards 1 Star:

• Glasgow Kelvin College

1 Star:

• Borders College
• Glasgow Caledonian University
• New College Lanarkshire
• North East Scotland College
• Scotland’s Rural College
• West College Scotland

2 Stars:

• Dumfries and Galloway College
• Edinburgh College
• Edinburgh Napier University
• Queen Margaret University

3 Stars:

• Glasgow Clyde College
• South Lanarkshire College
• University of the Highlands and Islands

4 Stars:

• Dundee and Angus College
• Fife College
• University of Dundee
• University of Stirling
• University of the West of Scotland
• West Lothian College

5 Stars:

• City of Glasgow College

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Wednesday 20th November 2019

Mental health continues to be a real focus area within the student population. As we know sport and physical activity can have an overwhelmingly positive outcome on the overall wellbeing of both students and staff on campus. We have delivered Healthy Body Healthy Mind since 2010/11 with partners NUS Scotland and more recently ASH Scotland. The project is funded by …

Mental health continues to be a real focus area within the student population. As we know sport and physical activity can have an overwhelmingly positive outcome on the overall wellbeing of both students and staff on campus.

We have delivered Healthy Body Healthy Mind since 2010/11 with partners NUS Scotland and more recently ASH Scotland. The project is funded by the Scottish Government with the aim of highlighting the links between mental health, physical activity and smoking. HBHM encourages institutions to implement practical changes on campus and adopt a cultural shift to enhance wellbeing through sport and physical activity.

HBHM will relaunch in semester two. Watch this space…

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Monday 5th February 2018

 Welcome to the

College Sport Award

The College Sport Award is a self-improvement framework for Colleges that wish to provide physical activity and sport opportunities to their students, staff and communities.

The Award is a key project for us and is part of the work we will do over the coming years as we aim to help build a world-class system for physical activity and student sport.

 ‘Our College recognises the unique role, value and potential that sport and physical activity has to enhance College life – that’s why we are involved in the College Sport Award’

We caught up with our Honorary President, Mr Mark Beaumont, to hear his views and endorsement of the College Sport Award. 

 Framework


Number of Colleges Engaged
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Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!


Completing the Award requires a firm commitment from the College and Students Association around planning, staffing and timetabling which will naturally need to be resourced. However, the Award itself – including the staff support time from SSS – is free to sign up to, provided the College is already in membership of Scottish Student Sport.
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Monday 10th April 2017

Awards

The annual Scottish Student Sport Awards, recognizing the highest achieving athletes, coaches and volunteers in Scotland.

Categories

This will be awarded to a male individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This will be awarded to a female individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This will be awarded to a team for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This award will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport by coaching during the 2018-19 season. Good quality coaching; innovative ideas; dedication to the sport; and a drive to continually improve their own skills are features of an outstanding coach.

This will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport during the 2018-19 year.  The contribution may be in many forms such as exceptional active or administrative services to a club, college, or university; as a faithful club servant, committee member, leader; officiating; coaching; or purely down to their love of sport. Volunteers purely in a coaching capacity should be nominated for the Coach of the Year award.

This will be awarded to a club that can demonstrate excellence in the 2018-19 season. Increasing memberships, upping participation, innovative projects, developing volunteers, promoting the role of officials; fundraising, community links and involvement in institution activity are just certain elements that would demonstrate excellence.

2017 – 18 Winners

Club of the Year

Edinburgh University Women’s Hockey Club

 Female Athlete of the Year

Laura Muir (Athletics) – University of Glasgow

Team of the Year


Edinburgh University Women’s Fencing Team

Male Athlete of the Year

Duncan Scott (Swimming) – University of Stirling

Coach of the Year

John Higson (Boat) – The University of Edinburgh

 Volunteer of the Year

Gill Thayne – University of Stirling

2017 – 2018 Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Five Stars

City of Glasgow College

 Four Stars

Dundee & Angus College
University of Dundee
Fife College
West Lothian College

Three Stars

University of Aberdeen
Perth College
University of Stirling

 Two Stars

Edinburgh College
Glasgow Clyde College
University of Glasgow
University of the Highlands and Islands
Queen Margaret University
Scotland’s Rural College
South Lanarkshire College

One Star

Border’s College
Dumfries & Galloway College
Edinburgh Napier University
Heriot-Watt University
Inverness College
New College Lanarkshire
Robert Gordon University
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
West College Scotland


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Tuesday 10th December 2019

Scottish Student Sport (SSS)are looking for a dynamic independent sport and leisure professional to lead the delivery of key projects across the organisation, with a particular focus on the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind project. Find out more about this opportunity here!

Introduction

Scottish Student Sport (SSS) seeks a dynamic independent sport and leisure professional to lead the delivery of key projects across the organisation, with a particular focus on the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind project.

The role would best suit an experienced, self-employed individual who can work effectively with minimal supervision and deliver effectively against agreed project objectives.

The role will include partner liaison, a mixture of administrative and development related tasks, project coordination and reporting, and communication at various levels with member institutions.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication, planning and organisational skills, will be a quick learner and will enjoy working independently and as part of a wider team. Further details relating to the opportunity are available upon request.

About Scottish Student Sport (SSS)

The Colleges and Universities in membership of SSS represent in excess of 600 sports clubs and 36,000 club members alongside many thousands of other regularly active students. Through SSS this population enjoys access to over 200 days of sports competition throughout the Academic Year.

SSS also provides a whole host of member services including network events, campaigns, people development opportunities, sports development support, partnerships with other organisations, and advocacy activities all aimed at developing a world class system for physical activity and student sport.

SSS is supported by sportscotland, the Scottish Funding Council and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Further information about SSS is available via www.scottishstudentsport.com.

About Healthy Body, Healthy Mind (HBHM)

HBHM is a partnership between Scottish Student Sport, NUS Scotland and ASH Scotland, which focuses on the links between physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, and healthy lifestyle choices – with a particular emphasis on smoking prevention.

To gain and maintain HBHM status students’ associations, sports unions, colleges and universities must work together on a project that brings about practical changes across the whole institution. These changes include activities that make progress towards smoke free campuses, improve uptake in physical activity and sport programmes, and better signpost student and staff communities to practical support and resources around positive mental wellbeing.

HBHM is entering a new phase as a project as it enters its ninth year, with Scottish Student Sport (SSS) assuming a strategic lead for the work that was hitherto driven by project partners NUS Scotland.

Following an independent review undertaken in 2018, a new approach to the programme is now in development, with revised criteria, award classifications and reporting mechanisms all coming in to play.

The Project Officer will support the transitional period and help SSS and its members to embed the new ways of working whilst continuing to deliver valuable support services to students around physical activity, mental health, smoking prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Application procedure

The closing date for notes of interest is 22nd December 2019 and all interested parties are invited to make contact with the Chief Operating Officer via the enclosed details.

A short application form will be made available to candidates and may be followed by interviews if necessary in early January.

Further information

For further information about the opportunity or any related enquiries please contact:

Stew Fowlie
Chief Operating Officer
Scottish Student Sport
0131 650 9654 / 07903 891 497
stew@scottishstudentsport.com

Hours: Approx. 15-25 hrs per week, on a flexible basis
Duration: Jan-July 2020, in the first instance
Deadline: 22nd December

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Monday 11th March 2019

As we shine the spotlight on the mighty ENSA, we look back on their #FeelFabFeb campaign that saw hundreds of staff and students engaged in health and wellbeing events over the course of the month of February.

‘Feel Fab Feb’ saw ENSA promoting healthy living and mental wellbeing via the delivery of a month of activities. With in excess of 50 FREE activities and events on offer, there truly was something for all; staff and students alike.

Something for Everyone

A wide variety of events were held across all three campuses featuring gym activities at Sighthill, CBT training at Craiglockhart and – everybody’s favourite – Therapets at Merchiston. Many of Team Napier’s sports clubs also opened their doors throughout the month with the likes of Archery, Dance, Kayak and Triathlon providing ‘come and try sessions’ to encourage new people to try their sports and get a flavour for the Team Napier community. It was fantastic to see a number of external organisations also present during Feel Fab Feb; Edinburgh Women’s Aid were on hand to educate Napier staff and students on their services; Student Minds delivered ‘Look After Your Mate’ training; and Crew were in attendance to provide training on drug use.

A total of 350 staff and students accessed the event throughout February – something Student President, Jonathan Fraser, was delighted with:

“It was really nice to see that we are were able to reach out to a wide range of students and staff out with our usual group of friends”

Fab Feb Fundraising

What’s more, ENSA took advantage of the campaign to raise money for mental health charity, SAMH. Donation buckets were present at each event with fundraising for the Scottish charity continuing into the end of semester. We look forward to finding out the total sum raised!

Planning to embed the event on an annual basis, Georgia Moran, who has just been re-elected as VP Sport & Societies for 2019/20, said:

“It was amazing to see our idea come to life and I am so thankful to everyone who got involved, bring on next year!”

Commitment to the Cause

Feel Fab Feb was just the latest campaign in ENSA’s work to promote mental health and wellbeing throughout 2018/19. In November ENSA published a video that explored the very topic. The video, which has had over 11,000 views, featured clips from a number of students who shared their thoughts on mental health; how it is defined; who is affected by it; and how to seek help. An overarching message of the benefits of getting involved in the Team Napier community was shared by the featured students – a great testament to the work of ENSA’s brilliant line of Vice Presidents Sport & Societies over the years.

 

Congratulations to the Edinburgh Napier Students’Association team for pulling off such a fantastic event and their ongoing work to smash the stigma surrounding student mental health; some excellent best practice that can be learned from across the sector!

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