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Summary of the Wellbeing Advocate role:


As part of a University-wide network of Wellbeing Advocates, the post holder will provide guidance and a general signposting service about wellbeing issues, including mental or physical health and dignity at work concerns, to members of staff within their own Institution/Faculty/Department.  They will also promote local and University-wide wellbeing initiatives.  The Wellbeing Advocates will be required to successfully complete Mental Health Lite training and to attend network meetings.


Role Purpose:


The role of the Wellbeing Advocate includes:


  1. providing guidance and a signposting service to employees in their own Institution about issues relating to wellbeing, including mental/physical health and dignity at work concerns

  2. promoting local wellbeing initiatives

  3. communicating University-wide wellbeing initiatives

  4. contributing to and participating in networks to facilitate greater awareness of wellbeing across the University.


A management Wellbeing Advocate (a member of the local Management Team) would also:


  1. help integrate wellbeing into institutional/faculty/departmental activities, for example by raising the profile of wellbeing in local committee meetings and ensuring wellbeing is discussed at probation and staff review & development (appraisal) meetings.

  2. raise generic wellbeing issues with the Head of Institution anonymously.


Key activities


  1. Information and Guidance provision to individual members of staff


  2. Listening effectively to their concerns

  3. Giving full, clear and accurate information on the University’s support services, including Occupational Health, Counselling, Mediation, Dignity at Work, HR Schools/Business teams

  4. Helping them to understand the courses of action open to them and how to take them forward.


  1. Training, Support and Contact Network


  2. Successfully completing the MIND Mental Health Lite training course before taking on the role of Wellbeing Advocate

  3. Successfully completing the University’s Equality & Diversity on-line training module

  4. Attending a Dignity at Work briefing

  5. Participating in regular University-wide Well-being Advocate network meetings.


  1. Development of Wellbeing initiatives


  • Promoting, and where appropriate co-ordinating and participating in, local well-being initiatives

  • Contributing to developing marketing materials

  • Raising awareness of University-wide wellbeing initiatives