Human Resources

Health and wellbeing


Workplace factors can cause psychological or social distress if not managed appropriately for each individual.   Stress can affect anyone and can occur as a consequence of too much unwanted pressure due to a wide number of issues.  The University has adopted a very pro-active approach to stress management with a new six stage process which incorporates tools, helpful advice, guidance and support.    

According to the NHS website one in four of use will experience problems with mental wellbeing at some point during our lives.  Common mental health problems include anxiety and depression which can develop as a consequence of other issues including severe stress, especially where that stress has been left unmanaged.   Psychosocial conditions can lead to a range of physical ailments.  One of these ailments is high blood pressure which if left untreated can cause cardiovascular disease.   

A Mental Health page has been created to support the University's Time to Change programme, with links to resources including wiki toolkits to support staff and line managers.

Disease and Illness

Disease can be influenced by both lifestyle and occupation.  An occupational related disease is any chronic ailment that occurs as a result of work activity which builds up over a long period of time.    Work activities involving specific types of physical, chemical or biological hazard may increase the risk of developing such diseases including Cancer.

Illness can be more acute and can occur as a consequence of viral infection or after contact with a contaminated substance e.g. exposure to Legionella and Legionnaires Disease


Any injury or discomfort of the joints or other tissues in the limbs or back which can be caused by any aspect of manual handling, repetitive movement and/or working position.   These injuries are often referred to as either Lower Limb Disorder or Work Related Upper Limb Disorder and includes: