General Information

Physical activity

Induction videoThe lifestyle and exercise activities below are here to support you in making gradual and significant changes to your working day, week and beyond, to improve your working health. Find out more about practical and basic exercise opportunities within the University and nationally.  

Walking and jogging

Taking part in physical activity for 30 minutes, five times a week, is the current recommendation to maintain optimum fitness. The cheapest and easiest form of physical activity is walking and running. Exploring the University Quarter on foot is free and easy, and if you can incorporate walking in to your daily commute it's environmentally friendly too. 

Useful walking and jogging resources:


Safe cycling is a must when you're a parent, writes Scott Colby.The University encourages cycling to work with annual events such as the Bike to Work Day and the Big Green Commuter Challenge. These events will be publicised to staff well in advance. In addition to cycle locking facilities near most University buildings, there are two secure locked areas which can be accessed with the staff card at James Watson Building and Mercantile House.

The University offers a safe lock bike scheme. For more information, please contact the University Police Liaison Officer, PC Dave Fairbrother:

T: 02392 84 5989 (ext. 5989 on University internal telephones)
M: 07793 369726

Fitness classes

sport and recreationThe Department of Sport and Recreation delivers over 50 group fitness classes a week in the Spinnaker Sports Centre. They range from high-energy spinning, cardio-tone and body blast to relaxation and strengthening classes such as yoga, pilates and core conditioning. The classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. You can access classes as part of a full membership to the University gym or you can pay-as-you-go, depending on how often you want to take part. 

Shower and changing facilities

Spinnaker Sports Centre and St Paul’s Sports Centre offer facilities to change and have a shower at the University. You must be a University gym member to benefit from these facilities. To view membership prices and how to join the University gym, please go to

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

For further information on a variety of physical activities and cardiovascular health issues and prevention, please visit the Employee Assistance Programme wellbeing website, using the username UPuser if prompted: Cardiovascular risk and Physical activity.