Belong and Grow – it’s your BAG week 2020

The revised edition!

This week is BAG week!

Our plans for BAG week 2020 have changed in line with the current situation and the need to stay safe. Although we are not able to have face to face sessions during the week, we want to encourage you to take time during w/c 18th of May for your personal development and wellbeing, so we have redesigned ‘BAG’ week to feature remote sessions.

All of this year’s virtual events will be held by Zoom, Teams, or webinar. Please view the details of each event and book the events you would like to attend through Staff Connect. Search ‘BAG’ in Staff Connect. You will then receive a link to the event a couple of days before the scheduled date.

Monday and Tuesday events are now closed. Wednesday’s event will be closed today.

View the agendas for the Pre-retirement and Mid-Career virtual workshops.

We also have webinars and Blogs that you can view at your leisure throughout the week – details are below and links will soon follow:

Event links (will be updated when available):

Facebook live given by the Uni Boob Team on behalf of CoppaFeel!

Working from Home blog by Carin Tunaker.

Microsoft Teams Training from our IT Team.

Age related issues, with Covid 19 in mind blog by Sarah Vickerstaff.

Staying Strong webinar for UNISON members.

BAME Staff Network, meet the Co Chairs blog.

BAME Staff Network video

Online inclusion – make the virtual accessible to all, a blog by Natalia Crisanti.

Free online physiotherapy consultations with Kent Sport.

Kent Sport are pleased to offer free 20 minute online or telephone consultations with Vicky Annis, lead physiotherapist at the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic. Consultations are open to all staff, whether you have used the clinic previously or whether you have never experienced physiotherapy. To book a consultation, please email These sessions are available until 27 May 2020 and there are a limited number of spaces available.

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day with GDS – Government Digital Service  GDS is leading the digital transformation of the UK government: A number of webinars are available.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Supporting your Wellbeing during Covid-19.

Webinars from Sodexo and Care First – our EAP Providers. Please click on the image above for more information.

Preparing to come out of lockdown – you can access a fact sheet on preparing to come out of lockdown, and you can register for a webinar on Monday afternoon, 11 May at 14:00.

The webinar will then be available, as part of a series of webinars on all aspects of living under lockdown and the Covid-19 crisis, on the home page of the EAP website, (login: uokent and password: university).

Also available to view:

Top tips to boost your Immunity with Care first

Social Media use during isolation

Keeping children occupied at home

Care first – Management Support

Tips to keep control of your finances

Easy ways to keep active from home

Sleep & Anxiety: Tips to getting a good night’s sleep


Information for Mental Health First Aiders – Supporting people remotely

Support & Information around COVID-19 & Care first guidance

Care first isolation & loneliness support

Care first – emotional support

Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 & how Care First can offer support

Understanding Furlough

Social Media, Technology & Young People

Understanding COVID-19 & how Care First can support you

Mental Health Awareness in line with COVID-19

Tips for working from home & support from Care First


Examples of the Webinars available:

Learning at Work Week is going ‘On Air, Online’.

Despite the current challenges, Campaign for Learning and partners will still be offering a number of exciting live and online learning activities we can participate in to encourage us to learn, grow and collaborate. More details below. The main Learning at Work Week which has workplace-based events will now take place from 5th – 11th October 2020.

Where activities will be posted

Check the Learning at Work Week website for updates and for all the activities you can join.

Tune In…
Campaign for Learning and partners will be running live webinars on various topics during the week.

Colleagues can  ‘tune in at two’ for some special, free webinars for parents who are looking for practical tips and strategies to help their children learn. Juliette Collier, national director at the Campaign for Learning will present on ‘Loving Learning at Home’ and ‘Talking and Learning about Money with Kids’. Each webinar will run twice during the week and more information including how to register can be found on the special activities page.

LAW Week On Air, Online Daily Doodle Challenge
Sharpen your pencils and flex up your felt tips with the Learning at Work Week daily doodle challenge. Each day LAWW will post a new challenge alongside tips and inspiration on the LAW Week website. They will look at why doodling and being creative is great for the brain, mind and body and be offering some arty prizes too! A link to the doodle challenge and other creative activities page will be available from Wednesday 6th May.

Everyday Creative
They will be asking everyone to find their inner creative with a series of daily challenges and exercises from doodling to writing. They will highlight the benefits these bring from relieving stress to harnessing the power of play and finding new techniques we can all use at work.

To encourage learning journeys, LAWW will be uploading curated free resources including from partners. It’s an opportunity for you to follow passions, find new purposes and deepen your knowledge and skills.

Get better at…
LAWW will be publishing top tips, tools and activities to help you learn about and brush up on the essentials from digital skills to maths.

With thanks to our external suppliers:


Planned Future


Anna Minogue

All details of the Staff Networks and contacts can be found on the website:

Women’s Network

Disability Staff Network

EDI Network

Harassment Contacts Network

LGBT Network

BAME Network

This event has been organised by Learning & Organisational Development, in conjunction with external providers, members of staff and students.

If you have any questions, please email

Download the Wellbeing Zone Hub:

Follow the week on Social media and share your thoughts, using #BagWeek