Students Union to bust stress with petting zoo laser tag and crazy golf on campus

Laser tag, crazy golf and adorable animals are just three ways the Students’ Union is helping students tackle exam stress this summer as part of our University’s commitment to offering support for those dealing with the challenges of stress and mental health.

Laser tag and crazy golf are new to the line-up this year, both designed to give students a well-deserved break from revision. On Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May, laser tag will be taking place on campus in the Percy Gee Building and crazy golf will be outside on the lawn in front of the Fielding Johnson Building.

Back for the third consecutive year and by popular demand, the petting zoo will return to Mayor’s Walk. On Tuesday 10 May, Ark Farm will be bringing ponies, goats, chickens and ducks for students to pet and hold.

The Students’ Union’s resident charity Guide Dogs UK will be bringing cute guide dog puppies to the Training Room in the Percy Gee Building on Tuesday 17 May. Students will have the opportunity to book slots to pet the puppies and also learn more about the charity.

A friendly squad of professional therapists will be coming back to The Square in the Students’ Union with free ten-minute back massages at pop up ‘Relaxation Stations’ on Thursday 19 May and Thursday 26 May.

These activities form a small segment of the University’s commitment to offering support for those dealing with the challenges of stress and mental health, offering a mental wellbeing service for students, including confidential ‘Headspace’ drop-in sessions run alongside the Students’ Union throughout term-time alongside the de-stress campaign during the exam period. Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University signed a Time to Change pledge alongside the Students’ Union’s Wellbeing Officer Roisin Gallagher, Deputy Director of HR Emma Stevens and Equalities Adviser Humaa Noori on Wednesday 27 April.

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