Wednesday 18th July 2018

SRU & SRUCSA Rewarded for Supporting Healthy Body Healthy Mind Initiative

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and their Students’ Association SRUCSA are delighted to have been awarded two stars at the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards for the academic year 2017-18.

The Healthy Body Healthy Mind 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. Participation in the awards offers a formal structure to acknowledge and celebrate the work of educational institutions and their Students’ Associations by promoting physical and mental health to improve student and staff wellbeing.SRUC and SRUCSA team with their two-star Healthy Body Healthy Mind award at the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) awards dinner, University of St. Andrews, 15 June 2018 – pictured L-R: Katie Gowing (NUS Scotland), Kirsty Brown (SRUC Inclusion Support Co-ordinator), Martina Bradacova (SRUCSA Student Vice President), Gemma Jones (SRUCSA Student President), Paula Cuccurullo (SRUC Learner Engagement Officer), Nicola Eyre (SRUC Student Guidance and Inclusion Officer), Beverley Scheepers (ASH Scotland) and Megan Richardson (Scottish Student Sport)

To gain their Healthy Body Healthy Mind award, SRUC staff and SRUCSA’s elected officer team worked together on a number of projects to bring about positive practical changes across the whole of SRUC, including the successful launch of the Shady the Black Dog campaign. This project encourages positive outreach to students with a Shady the Dog twitter account, and signposts students to their local support services and external organisations that can provide support for mental health.

Another initiative is Therapets which provides opportunity for all students to relax and de-stress and enables a form of respite through contact with therapy dogs. At the most recent SRUC career day, alpacas were also brought in for students to spend time with which was very well received. Throughout the academic year a wide range of activities are held at each campus to support student physical and mental health, including sporting activities, healthy living stalls and wellbeing events.

The award was presented to SRUC staff and SRUCSA sabbatical officers at the
Scottish Student Sport conference awards dinner at the University of St. Andrews on 15 June. Collecting the award on behalf of SRUC and SRUCSA were members of the Learner Engagement team and the SRUCSA Student President and Vice President.All the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award winners at the annual Scottish Student Sport Dinner & Awards

Sonia Filby, SRUC’s Student Experience Manager, said, “Both SRUC and SRUCSA share a commitment to support our students’ health and wellbeing, providing services and activities which encourage our students to look after themselves and each other. We are delighted to receive recognition of this work from the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards”.