The Friday Countdown - Healthy Week Special

This week it’s a special Staff Healthy Week 2017 edition of the Friday Countdown.

Let us know what you are doing to be a #HealthyWeekHero!

4. Special Collections at the University Library

This week we took a bit of time away from all things conference and events to visit the Special Collections archive to do a bit of research on our Venue of the Month, the Rogers Stevens Building.

We were there to have a peek through the “University of Leeds Development Plan 1960”, which has fascinating insights into the inspiration for many of the buildings and spaces around campus and a number of amazing depictions of architectural drawings and models.

However, if we are honest we spent most of our time perusing the fantastic art in the entrance! It features busts of Michael Sadler (who has one of our venues named in his honour)

But what really caught our eye were the two Valentine Dobrée (married to Bonamy Dobrée, after whom Dobrée House in Charles Morris Hall was named), especially “Leda and the Swan”, probably because it reminded us of “Leda Atomica” by our favourite artist, Salvador Dali.

There are a number of galleries and public art displays on campus with loads of fantastic events running throughout the year, so check them out while you are on campus!

3. CHS Awards 2017

We were at the Royal Armouries last night for the Conference & Hospitality Show Awards (CHS) Awards, in which were up for Best Sustainable Venue, in recognition for our commitment to a sustainable conference and events service.

We were up against strong competition and and unfortunately could not scoop first prize – congratulations to De Vere, a collection of country estate hotels, who took the trophy home with them!

However, we are proud of our work with the University’s Sustainability Team to tackle impacts at a local and global level to support the university in its drive to becoming a sustainable university, and continue our work on an excellent sustainable experience to our conferences and delegates.

We had a fantastic night at a beautiful venue and would like to congratulate all of the winners, especially our local friends Horizon Leeds – who picked up best Day Delegate Experience for the 3rd year running – and Studio Venues – who took the prize for Best Independent Venue.

We still have the Group Travel Awards and the Conference Awards 2017 so we will keep our chins up and our fingers crossed!

2. We Are Going Out Out!

The Leeds First Direct Arena have loads of fantastic events coming up, from Wakefield indie heroes The Cribs celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ by playing the record in its entirety, to a journey through space and time with Professor Brian Cox.

However, we are most excited about comedian Micky Flanagan taking to the stage next Tuesday and Wednesday with his brand new tour, ‘An Another Fing’, because it gives us a chance to go “out out” and see him live!

If you are going to any of the events at the arena and need somewhere to stay, book at our Storm Jameson Court accommodation for just £40 per night here by using the promo code UOLFRIENDS!

1. Holding Out For A Hero!

Healthy Week starts on Monday 15th May, with awesome events every day of the week.

This year’s healthy week is all about making small changes to your working day, maybe taking your lunch break back, making healthy tweaks to your lunch choices or even trying an active walking meeting

There are lots of exciting activities to do – as long as you are a University of Leeds staff member. Apologies to the rest of our readers, but you can remedy that by next year – have a look at our current vacancies!

From outdoor yoga and rooftop gardening in the sunshine, to a slimming support group and mindfulness café, there is something for everyone regardless of fitness or ability, and best of all most of them are free!

The Friday Countdown - Healthy Week Special

There’s even a ready steady cook for budding chefs and a chance to discover campus in a new and fun way. Take a look at the programme to see what exciting events are happening around campus.

We have cherry-picked our highlights for you below, so join in the fun and become a #HealthyWeekHero!

Omelette Challenge

Fancy a crack at being a chef? Want to show oeuf in front of your colleagues? Can you beat the competition into submission?

Prove you’re no chicken by having egg-go at making an omelette egg-ainst the cluck – the fastest timed omelette wins £10 Refresh credit!

Omelettes will be judged by Lisa Hall, Refectory Head Chef for Great Food at Leeds.

Day: Monday

Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Location: University Precinct

Cost: Free

Booking: Just turn up

Run Break

Meet Mr Running, Greg Hull, for a relaxed jog at a pace that suits you through the local green sights near campus. Our Emma will be there training for the Great North Run, which she is doing in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, so sponsor her now!

Day: Thursday

Time: 12.05 – 13.00

Location: Cromer Terrace Studios

Cost: Free

Booking: Just turn up

Free Fruit

Don’t miss out on collecting your free fruit from the Refectory Foyer. All you need to do is capture what you and your colleagues are up to by taking a photo and sharing it on social media using #HealthyWeekHero to claim your prize!

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9:00 – 13:00

Cost: Free

Booking: Just turn up

Campus Discovery

Get to know the hidden areas of campus in this fun navigation walk, you’ll be grouped with colleagues and given a map to guide you. We will be there too!

Day: Monday & Friday

Time: 13.00 – 14.00

Location: Meet at LUU Steps

Cost: Free

Booking: Get Out Get Active

Healthy Week Fair

Come and get inspired for the week ahead and find out how we can help you become a #HealthyWeekHero!

Day: Monday

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Location: University Precinct

Cost: Free

Booking: Just Turn Up

£1 Workout

Get down and have a workout at the fantastic fitness suite at The Edge for just £1 all this week.

Day: All week

Time: 6:30 – 22:30

Cost: £1

Booking: Just turn up

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