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Healthy UL

I am delighted to present the Healthy UL Framework. Led by Prof. Catherine Woods, a wide-ranging group of students and staff have developed the Healthy UL framework, which is UL’s response, and commitment to, implementing Healthy Ireland.

This comprehensive framework clearly demonstrates how, collectively, we will work together to improve the health and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors to the University. The ambitions and actions outlined in the framework aligns with our University Strategy, UL@50, and sets out a programme of work over the next three years.

I would like to thank the Healthy UL Project Team for their commitment in developing this framework. I look forward to seeing progress on implementation, by optimising the health and wellbeing options for students and staff, and through establishing research programmes to demonstrate the impact of the initiatives outlined in the framework. 

Dr. Des Fitzgerald, President

In 2013, the Government launched Healthy Ireland, the framework for improved health and wellbeing 2013-2025. 

The vision of Healthy Ireland is that “everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility” (Healthy Ireland Framework, p5). 

As part of the University’s response to the Healthy Ireland framework, UL staff and students came together to develop a campus-wide approach to Healthy Ireland. This led to the development of ‘Healthy UL’.

The ‘Healthy UL’ Framework identifies, and recommends, 30 actions for implementation in order to achieve our vision of a ‘Healthy UL’.  ‘Healthy UL’ has three components; ‘Healthy Systems’ that is, good infrastructure; a ‘Healthy UL’ communications and resourcing plan; and ‘Healthy People and Environments’. Each component and its domains are set out in the Healthy UL Framework, along with the actions that were identified to achieve the ‘Healthy UL’ objectives. Underpinning ‘Healthy UL’, and all of its action points is the university’s commitment to equality, diversity, access, disability and human rights. 

It is the ambition of UL to be a leading university in the promotion of Health and Wellbeing, supporting our 16,000 students and staff.

Healthy Environment

Health and the environment are inextricably linked and approaches to improve both are deeply complementary

Addictive Behaviour

Ensuring UL develops and implements supports and protocols that reduce the stigma of addiction

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Learn more about the supports and resources available to UL staff and students mental health and wellbeing

Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Good sexual health means making sure you have the knowledge, skills and ability to make informed sexual choices and act responsibly to protect your health and the health of others.

Healthy Eating

The promotion of the health and wellbeing of the university community (staff, students and visitors) supported by the development of sustainable research programmes in nutrition and health.

Physical Activity

What are the recommended levels of physical activity to maintain and improve health?