Maximising the potential benefits of university green spaces to improve student mental health
30th November 2023
The integration of green spaces in university campuses is crucial for promoting the wellbeing of students and staff. This can involve incorporating accessible green spaces, plant filled study spaces, and gardens to create moments to engage with nature that reduces stress and enhance cognitive function. This has simultaneous positive environmental impacts, such as mitigating the urban heat island effect and improving air quality.
PhD researcher, Samuel Baffour Kyei joined us to share how green spaces at UWE are changing to support better student mental health. Samuel Baffour Kyei is a PhD Researcher at The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environment and the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing. He is passionate about researching the role of greenspace to provide an opportunity for a more sustainable and long-term behaviour change. His PhD is examining how to maximise the potential benefits of UWE Bristol’s’ greenspaces to improve student mental health.