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Issue 474, 3 December 2001

Anyone for tennis ... or pool?

A swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, tennis courts, pool, snooker and a bar skittle alley are some of the options before staff in a questionnaire into workplace stress and social and leisure provision. The University is conducting a survey as part of the people matter programme to improve the working life of University employees.

The questionnaire is being sent to all members of staff, to be returned before the Christmas vacation. The results will inform decisions on, among other things, the redevelopment of level 10 in the SCR building.

Questions on stressors in the workplace look at whether aspects of the working environment contribute to any stress placed on staff. Information about grade, level and department are required to see whether stress differs throughout the University, although the survey is completely confidential.

Another section asks for feedback on a range of relaxation, sports and entertainment provision, from television rooms to tai chi or tabletennis. Staff are asked to choose their top five of thirty-seven options, including aromatherapy, acupuncture, yoga, dance or drama studios, dart boards and private meeting rooms.

Professor Barkham said: "There's a real commitment in the project to try and improve the working life of people at the University, but we can only do that if people take the time to complete and return the survey. We're trying to look at the organisation as a whole, to see what we need to do differently to improve our workplace."

The survey is a collaboration between Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Harry Lewis, Professor Michael Barkham and recruitment and retention manager Lisa Furlong. For more information, contact Lisa Furlong on ext 4146, or email


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