University of Leicester Students’ Union offers more stress-busting activities for students

Posted by ap507 at May 06, 2016 11:59 AM |
Laser tag, petting zoo and crazy golf to help students de-stress during exam period

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 6 May 2016

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  • Tuesday 10 May, 11.00 - 3.30pm - Petting zoo, Mayor’s Walk
  • Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May, 12-3pm – Laser tag and crazy golf, O2 Academy and the VC’s lawn

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

Students will have the opportunity to bag themselves some real treats, including free cosmetics, plant pots and a DIY exam pack which includes a free pencil case, highlighter and other great revision-busting goodies.

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.

Students will also have the opportunity to submit requests to sabbatical officers with the return of the popular #LeicesterLove Twitter initiative. Previous granted ‘wishes’ have included a return plane journey to Jersey, pamper packs, free meals and free haircuts.

Additional stress-busting activities available to students include:

  • Sustainability group ‘Hungry for Change’ will be holding a plant potting session on the terrace outside The Square as well as holding their weekly gardening sessions on Wednesdays 12pm-4pm at Brookfield
  • Film club with free pizza for a low key evening off
  • Meditation for a midday time out
  • Collage and star book workshop that will give students the opportunity to get creative
  • Dedicated quiet spaces throughout the Students’ Union building for revision and exam preparation
  • Chill out zones which will include day time screenings of films, mindfulness colouring activity and modelling clay fun

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.

Time to Change is a national campaign which aims to put mental health in the spotlight, and remove any negative connotations and discrimination that people with mental health issues may face.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Good mental health is incredibly important to me personally but also to our entire University community. With well over 20,000 students and 4,000 staff it’s vital that we are able to support their wellbeing and challenge any stigma and discrimination that occurs.”

Georgie Tansell, Sales, Events and Marketing Manager at the Students’ Union, said: “We recognise that this time of year is very important for our students and we are keen to give them all the support we can. We have a great team here that provide excellent support during exam season, but we feel it is imperative to provide students with a variety of activities to help them counter stress. We have added a few new activities this year too which we hope will be a great success!”

Roisin Gallagher and Lily Patrick, the Students’ Union Wellbeing and Education Officers respectively said: “It’s that time of year again, with exams around the corner. We’ve put together a de-stress line up to break up students’ revision timetable. It’s important to take time out so that they don’t burn out.”

Teresa Harper, final year Psychology student, said: “There's always something for everyone, whether it's the petting zoo or laser tag! Having time out from revision makes the whole exam period so much more relaxed.”

For more information and a full timetable of de-stress events visit:



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For more information contact Mariyah Mandhu, Sales and Events Co-ordinator at:


Time to Change

More information and resources available on the Time to Change website.

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