• 17 May 2021, 9:00am to 28 May 2021, 5:00pm
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Free

Take a break from your studies to recharge at Stress Less Fest – online, on campus and at our partner music studio and sporting facilities in May 2021.

There will be free activities, including:

  • therapy dog visits
  • mindfulness colouring
  • games
  • live music
  • interactive workshops with the VU Counselling team
  • sporting activities.

See below for details.

Hosted by: Student Life & Live with Zest

No registration required, come along to any session to meet our furry friends Flash and Rafa.

  • City Flinders, Level 9 Student Lounge – Monday 17 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • Footscray Nicholson, Building T Avenue – Tuesday 18 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • St Albans, in front of the Library – Wednesday 19 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • Footscray Park, Building P courtyard, Thursday 20 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • Sunshine, Library, Monday 24 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • City King, Library, Tuesday 25 May, 12pm – 1pm
  • Werribee West, Library, Wednesday 26 May, 11.30am-1pm

 Therapy dogs Flash and Rafa

There will be free colouring stations running all day from Monday 17- Friday 28 May at the following locations:

  • City Flinders, Library and VUHQ (Ground Floor, 300 Flinders St)
  • City Queen, Library
  • Footscray Nicholson, Library and VUHQ (Building T, Level 1)
  • Footscray Park, Library and VUHQ (Building M, Level 1)
  • St Albans, Library
  • Werribee, Library and VUHQ (Building 1B, Level 1, Room 1B102)
  • Sunshine, Library
  • City King, Library 

Hosted by VU Vollies

National Volunteer Week celebrates all the hard work of volunteers across the nation. Come and along and join us as we encourage students to join the Vollies program and participate in events across different campuses.  

  • City Flinders, Level 9 Student Lounge – Monday 17 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • Footscray Nicholson, Building T Avenue – Tuesday 18 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • St Albans, In front of the Library – Wednesday 19 May, 11.30am-1pm
  • Footscray Park, Building P courtyard – Thursday 20 May, 11.30am-1pm

Hosted by VU Music Agency & Kindred Studios
Thursday 20 May, 7pm Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville 

The VU Music Agency represents a diverse range of high quality contemporary music acts, springing from acclaimed Victoria University music courses.

Come watch two of our VU music student bands perform live at the VU Kindred Studios.

Performances include Theodore Kidd and Flynn Teal.

Register for Thursday Mix

Hosted by VU Counselling team

In person

Exercise & Reducing Stress – lunchtime walk along the river

Tuesday 18 May, 12pm-1pm, Footscray Park Campus (Meet at Building M, Level 1 lifts)

Join VU Counsellor Liz Kianidis and a VU Sport representative and go for an engaging and interactive walk along the Maribyrnong River.

You will learn all about the benefits of exercise as well as some stress-management techniques.

If the weather is not appropriate for a walk, we will instead do some gentle stretching and movement in the Building L exercise rooms.

Managing Unwanted Thoughts & Emotions

Tuesday 25 May, 1pm-1.30pm, Footscray Park Campus Building C, Level 2, Room C230

VU Counsellor Adriana McMahon will discuss ways to respond creatively to emotional challenges to enhance wellbeing, reduce anxious thoughts and stress habits, including unwanted behaviours such as avoidance, procrastination and physical discomfort.

Putting Off Putting Off

Tuesday 25 May, 1pm-2pm, Footscray Nicholson Campus, Building T, Level 1, Room T110

VU Counsellor, Jenny Halat will guide you through steps on how to stop procrastinating!  

Register for the workshops

Online sessions

Mindfulness

Wednesday 26 May, 1pm-1.20pm, Zoom platform

VU Counsellor Nicole Melder will share some useful strategies on practising mindfulness and implementing this into your lifestyle to help improve concentration and motivation.

Staying Mentally Healthy

Friday 28 May, 11am-11.15am, Zoom Platform

Join VU Counsellor Freda Dimitrakakis to find out 10 of the best tips to look after your mental health!

Register for online sessions

Watch our interactive sessions from 2020 on topics such as self-compassion, seeing a counsellor, self-care and how to ask a friend if they are ok.

Understand self-compassion & implement it in your daily life

Join Sara as she discusses the components of self-compassion, how to be kind to yourself, how to activate the soothe system, and some simple steps in implementing self-compassion into your daily life.

Watch ‘Understanding self-compassion’ 

What is it like to see a counsellor at vu?

Find out more about the VU Counselling Services as Liz shares what it is like to see a counsellor, how to make an appointment, and all the things a counsellor can help with.

Watch ‘Counselling’ 

Self-care: practical strategies to look after yourself during difficult times

Join Noor as we find out more about the six types of self-care (Emotional, Practical, Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual), and learn some practical skills to take care of yourself in difficult times and how to make your very own self-soothing box.

Watch ‘Self-Care’ 

Simple steps to asking a friend ‘r u ok?’

Find out how and when to ask a friend 'R U OK?'.

Margret shares the simple steps that could change a life though asking R U OK? and explains how to Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check In with a friend.

Watch ‘R U OK?’ 

If you’re feeling stressed and need support, please call VU Counselling on +61 3 9919 5400.

Take a break from study and watch the Victoria University men's and women's teams compete in the inaugural University Basketball League (UBL).

Students, staff, friends and family are encouraged to show support by cheering on VU for Round 5 of the 2021 University Basketball League.

Our home games are played at VU Witten Oval or you can watch from home on the live stream.

Women’s games:

  • Tuesday 18 May, 1pm – Victoria University vs Latrobe University
  • Thursday 20 May, 2pm - Victoria University vs University of Sunshine Coast

Men’s games:

  • Tuesday 18 May, 3pm - Victoria University vs Latrobe University
  • Thursday 20 May, 12pm - Victoria University vs University of Sunshine Coast

How to tune in

Livestream

The game will be streamed live, and can be accessed online by visiting one of these sites on game day:

  1. VU Sport Facebook Page and interacting live in the comments
  2. VU Team Hub whilst getting to know the team
In person

Spectators are welcome to attend the VU Community Sports Stadium – Whitten Oval to show support and to get up close to the action.

Patrons are reminded to follow these simple directions to remain COVID safe when visiting the VU Community Sports Stadium – Whitten Oval:

  • Clean hands. Please remember to wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Know when it’s time to bow out. Feel unwell or have cold symptoms? Then please stay at home.
  • Stay at least 1.5m apart. For good measure, please stay 1.5 metres from one another.

Hosted by VU Sport
Campus: Footscray Nicholson, Building D, Level 5

At VU Sport we believe that getting active during a busy day is critical to both mental and physical wellbeing and can really help you get the most out of yourself. VU Sport offers opportunities to use your lunchtime break to get active a met new friends in a friendly and social environment. No need to sign up, just come and have fun

  • Monday 17 May – 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Tuesday 18 May – 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Wednesday 19 May – 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Monday 24 May – 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Tuesday 25 May – 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Wednesday 26 May – 11.45am-12.45pm

Hosted by VU Sport
Cost: $49
Campuses: Footscray Park, St Albans, Werribee

VU Sport is offering students and staff a special 30 day membership trial for $49.

In the 30 days you can:

  • come workout out in the gym
  • go for a swim (Footscray Park Only)
  • book in for a fitness consultation
  • get a personalised program to work towards your fitness goals
  • join the team in team training (Footscray Park Only)
  • or give a variety of group exercise classes a go

For new customers only, limit 1 per person, must sign up by Sunday 23 May 2021. 

Hosted by VU Sport
Campus: Footscray Park
Cost: Free

Improve your fitness and be part of an awesome team in an encouraging, motivating environment.

Team training sessions are small group sessions run by a personal trainer, several times per day, with a different focus each day.

All sessions are 45 minutes and include a warm up and stretching. Limited spaces available so sign up below.

  • Monday 24 May: lower body day – 7am, 12pm and 5.15pm
  • Tuesday 25 May: cardio and core day – 7am, 12pm and 5.15pm
  • Wednesday 26 May: upper body day – 7am, 12pm and 5.15pm
  • Thursday 27 May: cardio and core day – 7am, 12pm and 5.15pm
  • Friday 28 May: posterior chain day – 7am and 12pm

Register for Team Training

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