Puppy love: UWE Bristol holds its first 'puppy room' to help de-stress students

Issue date: 25 February 2016


Students at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will get the chance to relax, de-stress and interact with 15 dogs at the University's first 'puppy room' event, to be held on 25 February at The Students' Union, Building 1, 10:00 – 16:00.

Groups of no more than 18 students, to ensure the dogs themselves don't become agitated, will be able to stroke, pet and cuddle the canines in the room, with those taking part making a £2 donation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association who are providing the dogs. 400 hundred students have already signed up to the event, raising £800 for the charity so far.

Lauren Conen, Vice President of Education at UWE Bristol's Students' Union, says, “I hope that the 'puppy room' makes people laugh and enjoy interacting with the dogs we have brought in. It is a great way for the students to have fun and de-stress, in order to leave the room refreshed and ready to put 100% into their studies. It's also a fantastic way to raise awareness for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and all the hard work the charity does.”

The event is being held as part of the University's annual Feel Good February event and the Students' Union 'Be the Best You Can Be' campaign, which aims to help students maintain emotional and physical health before undertaking an exam or assessment.

'Be the Best You Can Be' has already organised stress ball making sessions and bubble wrap walks, as well providing students with study planners, which contain exam tips, stress releases and information on what to do if students feel they are struggling with studying.

For more information on the event please visit the Students' Union 'What's On' webpages.

Photographs will be available on the day of the event.

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