Health and Wellbeing Day – Foresterhill

Tuesday 30th May
Suttie Centre Atrium (Level 1)
11 am – 2.00 pm

Following the success of the Health and Wellbeing day in January a second event will be held for University staff on the Foresterhill Campus.

There will be a range of sessions for staff to participate in, as well as information stands which will showcase some of the facilities and expertise available. Get involved in a number of physical activities on the day with:

  • Yoga led by our Sport & Exercise Time (advanced booking available via the Coursebooking system)
  • Resilience taster sessions
  • Rowing challenge
  • BMI analysis
  • And much more

Chat with representatives from:

  • The Rowett on healthy diets and nutrition
  • Aberdeen Sports Village about their facilities, fitness plans and assessments
  • NHS Grampian on support available to stop smoking
  • PAM ASSIST on the advice, invaluable information, specialist counselling and support available for staff.

A full schedule is available here. Please note that timings may change, regular updates will be posted on StaffNet. For more information on any of the events, please contact Naveed Qamar, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

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Café MED: the key to stoke survival

Photo of brain scansMonday 22th May
Suttie Centre Café
6 pm – 7.30 pm

Prof. Phyo Myint (Chair in Old Age Medicine) and Thérèse Lebedis (Consultant occupational therapist in stroke, NHS Grampian)

Stroke is common in older age and is associated with death and disability. Come and hear about the latest research on the importance of person-centred care in reducing the burden of stroke.

The presentation will last about half-an-hour. It will be followed by an interval allowing informal chat and the opportunity to buy drinks or snacks. An audience discussion will follow.

This event is free and open to the public, no booking is required. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Med-Chi Lectures: The Art of Medicine

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 18th May
Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre
7 pm – 9.30 pm

Medical Humanities in the curriculum – how did it start?
In the 3rd year of the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum the students have an opportunity to study Medical Humanities.  Professor Hamish McKenzie will review the evolution of this change in the curriculum.  Several undergraduates will present their work on History of Medicine, Art and Creative Writing.

Medical Humanities – the future?
University of Aberdeen Staff who have been tutors will attend to comment on the work and the benefits of this part of the curriculum.  Society Members will take part in the discussion to highlight how observations made by the students are relevant to attitudes and decisions in clinical practice.  Dr Leeanne Bodkin will review the approach of other Universities and potential developments.

The cafe in the Suttie Centre will remain open until 7 pm. Parking is available in front of the Polworth Building, entry from Cornhill Road between 6 pm &7 pm. The exit barrier will raise automatically on leaving.

This event is free and open to the public, no booking is required. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Foresterhill Exercise Classes

Yoga poseAll the classes listed below are free to University of Aberdeen and NHS staff and no booking is necessary for them.

Hatha Yoga at Foresterhill
(Suttie Centre, Room 402)

Hatha Yoga is multilevel, so suitable for all abilities.  The content of the class includes physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation, and meditation.

JogScotland (Polwarth Reception)

JogScotland is group lead jogging sessions for complete beginners to advanced runners. At each session our experienced jog leaders will lead joggers on various routes around the local area.

Friskis & Svetis (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Mondays 17:15-18:15
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Freskis & Svetis is a fun and sweaty class suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Made up of cardio and floor work, it’s low impact and you get to decide how hard you want to work.

Zumba (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Mondays 18.15 – 19.15
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Zumba dance based exercise class for all abilities.

Aerobics (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Wednesdays 17:30 – 18:30
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Aerobics is a fun and sweaty class suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Core & Restore (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

Core & Restore is a rejuvenating, mind-body class that will leave you feeling long, strong, calm, and centered. Using Pilates method core strengthening exercises and yogic flexibility and relaxation techniques, Core & Restore is the perfect way to tone and unwind at the end of a long day. The class is suitable for all levels of ability including beginners – just turn up in loose, warm, comfy clothing. You may wish to bring along your own yoga mat and blanket, but this is not essential.

Visit the The University of Aberdeen’s Sport and Exercise web pages for more information on classes and facilities available.

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Med-Chi Lectures: What have the Romans really done for us?

Mural of Roman soldier removing an arrow from a fellow soldier's leg with a pair of pinchers
from ‘Medicine and Surgery in Ancient Rome’ Crystalinks

Thursday 3rd November
Conference Room
The Suttie Centre
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Dr Martin Pucci, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen and Author

Martin attended medical school in Aberdeen from 1973 to 1979.  After GP training, he worked at Ellon from 1981 to 2009 and was a founding member of G-DOCS (later G-MEDS) in 1996.  Martin was the GPVTS trainer at Ellon for 12 years and always involved with teaching there.  In 2009
he joined the Centre of Academic Primary Care at the University of Aberdeen, as a member of the teaching team and retired fully in 2016. He wrote a newspaper column on medical matters in the 1990’s and is currently writing for the Leopard Magazine on medical history which has always fascinated him along with scientific history and scientific biography. He has been involved in cruise ship lecturing (history of medicine) since 2014 which fits in with his love of travel.

All are welcome to come to the talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available afterwards. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers: the Med-Chi talk tonight

The bodysnatchers6th OCTOBER 2016, 
7.00pm TO 9.00pm
Suttie Conference Room (Floor 4)

Body Snatchers to Lifesavers
Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh

Talk by Tara Womersley
Journalist and Medical Student

Tara has worked as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times and is a former health correspondent for The Scotsman.  While working as a health correspondent, she interviewed many politicians including the then Shadow Health Minister, now SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon. Tara also spent nearly two years in Australia working for an overseas aid agency, during which time she handled the media response to the Asia Tsunami and was involved in coordinating the media launch for Australia’s Make Poverty History Campaign.

She is co-author of ‘Body snatchers to Lifesavers’, which details 300 years of medical history in Edinburgh.  The idea for the book came about while working in press and public relations for the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The book has featured in the Scottish bestseller lists and Tara has spoken at numerous events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Scottish History Festival and at the National Library of Scotland.  Now, no longer content with purely writing about health, she has embarked on a career change to join the medical profession. She is currently a fourth-year MBChB student at the University of Aberdeen.

A finger buffet will be available from 6.30pm and tea and coffee will be available after the talk. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Doors Open Day 2016 at Foresterhill

Saturday 10th September is Doors Open Day 2016 on the Foresterhill Campus. The University of Aberdeen will be opening many of their buildings to the public, so come and learn about the work going on inside – its all free!

Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
Explore the atrium, Human Nutrition Unit and labs of this state-of-the-art new science building with art and artefacts from the previous Institute buildings. Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.
Booking essential on 01224 438700 or email

The Institute of Medical Sciences
Over 400 scientists and research staff working on cutting edge molecular and cell biology research in the IMS.  The central atrium and ground floor labs are open from 10am to 4pm and there will be guided tours at 10:30, 13:00 and14:30.

suttiecentreSuttie Centre for Learning and Teaching in Healthcare
This timber-clad building is designed to maximise natural daylight and ventilation, and to reduce solar gain. The Anatomy Museum will be open and there will be regular demonstrations of modern anatomy teaching. Open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Doors Open Days is celebrated in September throughout Scotland as part of the Council of Europe European Heritage Days. This joint initiative between the Council of Europe and the European Commission aims to give people a greater understanding of each other through sharing and exploring cultural heritage. People can visit free of charge places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public or which usually charge an admission fee. Over 20 million people in 49 European countries are expected to take part in Doors Open Day.

For more information and more places to visit in Aberdeen follow this link to the Aberdeen Doors Open Day Programme.

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