DkIT Launches Healthy Campus Initiative02 March 2023
DkIT recently launched the Healthy Campus Initiative, which took place at an event in the Institute attended by students and staff and included the official signing of the Healthy Campus Charter.
A Healthy Campus adopts a holistic understanding of health, takes a whole campus approach, and aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances the health and wellbeing of its community and enables people to achieve their full potential.
DkIT established a Healthy Campus Steering Committee to implement the Healthy Campus Charter and Framework some months ago. This initiative is all about embedding health and wellbeing into the Institute’s campus in every way possible. It’s about being proactive and strategic rather than reactive. The recent event was a show of commitment from the Institute in activating their newly formed action plan. The Steering Committee built a plan specific to the Institutes needs to further enhance on the range of existing health and wellbeing initiatives already in place in DkIT for students and staff.
This well attended event was opened by Hugh Nolan, Vice President for Finance, Resources & Diversity and Co-Chair of the Steering Group, Hugh was followed by an address from Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan President of DkIT, where he welcomed everyone to the event including Caroline McMahon from the HEA.
Dr O’Callaghan said,
“We are not starting at ground zero today as there are so many examples of positive health and wellbeing initiatives already active on campus. The DkIT Steering Committee has constructed a realistic plan to further improve and complement the existing programmes already in place in DkIT for students and staff. The Charter signed today is extremely practical and this initiative is a valued and important topic for students, staff and everyone that frequents the Institute”.
Niamh Fallon Students Union President welcomed the newly signed charter and added
“The Students Union are delighted to support this charter and framework and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on it as the students are already feeling the benefit of the framework”.
Caroline McMahon, HEA, said,
‘The launch of DkIT’s Healthy Campus Initiative and official Charter signing demonstrates a strong commitment from their President and SU President in support of student and staff wellbeing. DkIT’s Healthy Campus Steering Committee has a broad range of stakeholders which reflects the whole campus approach required to make systemic change for health and wellbeing. Well done to Dr Edel Healy and Hugh Nolan, co-chairs of the Healthy Campus Committee for organising this successful event.’
Dr Edel Healy, Head of School of Science and Co-Chair HC Steering Group said
“This Healthy Campus Action Plan is about consolidating the great work that is already being accomplished in DkIT. Huge groundwork has already been completed and we are all looking forward to evolving our plans, consulting with students and staff and creating an even better environment for all our students and staff to study, work and live in”.