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Life is a risky business with implications for our financial wellbeing. Living longer, working later, career flexibility, and evolving family formations, mean that our financial futures are shaped not only by the decisions we make about our money, but increasingly by the decisions we make about our life.

Join this interactive session with Jane Portas to find out about financial life in the UK, differences in people’s financial life journeys, how financial gaps arise between men, women, and other groups, and what Covid-19 means for all of our financial futures.

Jane will talk about how our mindsets influence our financial life, and introduce “6 Moments That Matter”, which bring together our money and our life, and help us to consider the steps we can take at home, at work and in society to build a secure and fair financial future for everyone.

This event is open to all staff and students.

Jane Portas is a financial expert, author of The Risks in Life Series of award-winning insight reports and financial wellbeing guides, and the creator of 6 Moments That Matter, a unique life-stage approach to help people and organisations to improve fair financial futures. Now a portfolio director, she is a former ‘big 4’ professional services partner where for 30 years she advised financial services firms on strategy, governance, risk, regulation, and customer matters. She is a member of Women’s Business Council, advisor to the charity Surviving Economic Abuse, and a co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures.

The session will be facilitated by Jenny Rampling, Chair of the University of Cambridge Women’s Staff Network, member of the Women in Higher Education Network team and Senior Programme Co-ordinator, ourcambridge.

A Mindful Wander Around Clare Hall new Tue 5 Jul 2022   12:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Join Clare Hall in a guided (or self-guided) mindful wander and outdoor meditation, enjoying the College’s beautiful grounds and gardens. Mindfulness is about purposely paying attention in the present moment, noticing our surroundings and what we are doing, rather than being caught in thinking about the past or future. You’re warmly invited to take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of Clare Hall’s green spaces this summertime. The guided session will begin with mindful sculpture sketching and tree gazing, before heading over to West Court for a short guided meditation, after which participants will be free to roam our gardens.

Detail on activities:

Mindful sculpture sketching: we will provide paper and pens for a short mindful sketching exercise, in which participants are invited not to look at the paper and to simply look very closely at a sculpture and sketch what they most notice. You may be surprised by your creation!

Tree gazing: walking along Herschel Road we will pause and look carefully at the large, leafy trees, listening to any sounds and wildlife we may notice.

Guided meditation: once at West Court we will lay down or sit on the grass and a Clare Hall staff member will invite attendees to follow a short guided body scan meditation, focusing on the face, shoulders, hands and feet as applicable.

Free to roam: once we have completed the above activities, you are very welcome to wander our gardens and grounds freely, leaving at a time to best suit your schedule.

Self-guided option: You can also enjoy a self-guided wander if you’d prefer to practice mindfulness solo or with your friends. Please sign up via Eventbrite to receive a digital copy of the Mindful Wander guide, or pick up a paper copy from our Porters’ Lodge.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water or other refreshment with you.

Clare Hall is a college for advanced study at the University of Cambridge, located close to the University Library and neighbouring Robinson College.

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Delicious Things to do with Seasonal Vegetables new Thu 7 Jul 2022   11:00 [Places]

Chef and food writer Rosie Sykes in a collaboration with Bea Brown and Cambridge Sustainable Food spends some time talking about all the good things we can eat and cook in July including talking about surplus produce and how to make the most of food.

Rosie Sykes is a chef, writer & consultant. She has worked with some of the leading names in British food. She had her own pub in central London & has helped establish kitchens for restaurants, delis & hotels nationwide. Rosie has written 3 cookery books & now works mainly on community projects.

Loneliness and isolation are increasing in societies all around the world, particularly in young people. Yet, the effects of loneliness on brain function and cognition are not clear. In this talk, Dr Livia Tomova, will present recent findings on how loneliness impacts brain function and cognition in young adults and adolescents. The implications of this research in the light of mental health problems will be discussed.

Dr Livia Tomova, Henslow Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Studies,

Equality & Diversity Essentials Self-taught Bookable
  • This module introduces Equality & Diversity at the University
Individual Health Checks new Thu 7 Jul 2022   07:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Would you like a better understanding of your current physical health? 

If yes, book in for one of our free ‘Health Checks’ which will take you through some simple, non-invasive tests.

These checks will consist of: -

  • Measurement of your height and weight
  • Blood pressure test
  • Body composition test
  • Flexibility test

Please adhere to the following before attending:

  • No eating or drinking 4 to 5 hours prior to the test
  • No exercise 12 hours prior to the test
  • No alcohol or caffeine consumption 24 hours prior to the test
  • Wear clothes that allow access to your upper arm (e.g. short sleeved t shirt)

The duration of the health check should be around 20 minutes.

Please note: the results of the health check are not to be taken as firm medical advice. If you have any worries about your health, please consult a medical specialist.

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A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Desk Health (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Energy and Rest (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Mindfulness (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

Madingley Park Tour new Fri 8 Jul 2022   13:30 [Places]

Take a break from looking at your screen and join us for a walk around Madingley Park.

The tour will give you the opportunity to get out into nature and explore more of the University estate including the Capability Brown designed parkland.

Morning Fields Yoga new Tue 5 Jul 2022   12:00 [Places]

Come along to this session for an hour of gentle and inclusive yoga practice, accessible to all body shapes, ages and backgrounds. Don't worry if you have never practiced yoga or are coming back to the mat after some time - everyone is welcome.

Although this session will be held in the gardens, a room will be available in case of inclement weather.

Please wear suitable clothing and bring a mat.

Meeting details will be shown on your booking confirmation email.

If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. ― Thich Nhat Hanh,

It is easy to rush through the day without noticing our thoughts, feelings and sensations. Mindfulness practice helps us pause and become present, so we get in touch with our authentic experience. We can so easily become entangled in energy draining thoughts that drive our emotions and lead to stress or anxiety. Mindfulness practice helps us notice these thoughts so we can deal with them better. Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). See NHS Mental Health

Esther Hunt is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Psychotherapist. She has been teaching Mindfulness for 5 years and was instructed by bestselling author Dr Patrizia Collard. She provides sessions for HR staff wellbeing services, school leadership teams, University students, and in the charity sector. Esther presented at the Festival of Wellbeing in 2021.

Secrets of the University Church new Thu 7 Jul 2022   12:00 [Full]

Join Associate Vicar Reverend Devin McLachlan and tour Great St Mary’s Church with some fun highlights — the Regius Professor of Divinity who was dug up and posthumously burnt at the stake; the ‘Black Assembly’ between the University and the city; Royal visits, the Cambridge Quarters, and the physician who stuffed an opium-addicted vicar into a cow…

There may be an opportunity to go up the Tower depending on the conditions on the day.

In this talk, Luisa Fassi from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit & Department of Psychiatry, will discuss the extent to which existing research can inform us of the effect that social media use has on adolescents’ mental health.

Specifically, Luisa will examine the evidence on the links between different patterns of social media use (e.g., time spent on social media, messaging with friends, posting, exposure to specific content) and different mental health states (e.g., wellbeing and life satisfaction) as well as conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety and eating disorders).

Tour of King's College Chapel and Roof new Wed 6 Jul 2022   11:00 [Full]

Join Domus Bursar, Philip Isaac, for a tour of King's College's historic chapel. If the weather is suitable, there will be the opportunity to visit the chapel roof.

NB. Access to the roof top is via one of the corner turrets (107 steps) and is not accessible for those with mobility impairments. People attending will be asked to wear stout shoes (no flip flops etc) and must be able to ascend by this manner. Once on the roof, there is space down each side to walk along a duckboard, with a parapet affording protection, although there is the feeling of exposure to those who may have suffer from anxiety over height.

The meeting place will be shown on your booking confirmation email.

Understanding Unconscious Bias Self-taught Bookable
  • This module introduces Unconscious Bias and the impact it can have
University Farm Tour new Fri 8 Jul 2022   12:00 [Places]

Get some fresh air and take a tour of the University Farm.

You will get a look at what goes on in the farm as well as the opportunity to see some livestock.

This tour is wheelchair accessible.

The meeting point will be shown on your booking confirmation email.

King's College has historic landscapes and gardens rich in heritage and beauty.

Spend a summer's afternoon exploring the Provost's secret garden, the wildflower meadow, the Fellows' Garden and the community orchard with Senior Horticulturist Steven Coghill.

Meeting point will be shown on your booking confirmation email.

Wolfson College Mindful Garden Tour new Wed 6 Jul 2022   14:00 [Places]

Join head gardener Oscar Holgate for a mindful wander through Wolfson College’s tranquil gardens.

Engage your senses with the sights and sounds of our plants and wildlife and enjoy Oscar’s insights into the science of why gardens are healthy for us.

This session will provide the opportunity to hear from different women about their careers, what has impacted on their choices and any lessons they have learnt along the way. We are delighted to welcome the following speakers for our session –

Dr Olivia Remes – Dr. Olivia Remes – Associate, life coach and mental health expert

Margaret Allen - Senior Change Management Specialist (Research), UIS

The talk will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and for members to discuss topics raised.

Every woman working at Cambridge has their own career journey and story to tell. We aim to hold a number of these sessions during the academic year, so please get in contact if you would be happy to share your story and email

The Women’s Staff Network provide a regular, informal group to bring together members who would like to discuss and share their experiences of their menopause journey.

The group’s aim is to provide a supportive environment and relaxed discussion.

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