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Leiden Healthy University

‘A Healthy University aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhance the health, wellbeing and sustainability of its community.’ This is the mission of the Healthy Universities international network, which Leiden University joined in 2018.

Leiden University is committed to making your work safe, healthy and enjoyable: we offer good working conditions and a positive climate at work, limit risks to health and promote a positive working environment. The university is also keen to support initiatives that promote health, well-being and vitality, such as the Leiden Science Run and the Student Welfare Taskforce.

Health and well-being toolbox

What can you do to make your own living and working environment healthier? The health and well-being toolbox has some handy tips and initiatives.

  • Take advantage of the Terms of Employment Individual Choices Model
    If you cycle to work, or if you’re looking to exercise at Fit for Free or in the University sports centre, you could get a partial refund through the Terms of Employment Individual Choices Model.
  • Take a course with Learning & Development
    Why not take a time management or Plan your PhD course? You can also make an appointment with a career coach to discuss any questions about your career or personal development.
  • Benefit from discounts with Zorg & Zekerheid
    Leiden University’s collective health insurance scheme, Zorg & Zekerheid, offers both basic and supplementary insurance at an attractive discount. Make your choice from the range of preventative courses, treatments and discounts on vitality, well-being and your workplace. Some services are available free of charge or are covered by the supplementary insurance policy.
  • Get moving at USC
    Did you know you can get discounted membership of the University Sports Centre? The USC also offers special vitality programmes for faculties and units or departments, which is a good way to find out more about the wide range of sport and well-being options.

Can you think of any other initiatives at the university that should be promoted here on the website? Or maybe you’d like to see a tool we haven’t added yet? If that’s the case, please contact Thomas Vellinga.

Pressure of Work Action Plan

Last year’s Staff Survey clearly showed that university employees are experiencing significant pressure at work. We are confident that the Pressure of Work Action Plan – of which membership of the Healthy Universities network is just one small part – will help resolve this problem.

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