Results of Sport and Physical Activity’s (SPA) 2022 Balancing Life Survey results have been published, providing an insight into the activity and wellbeing levels of our University community.

1,000 staff and students took part in Balancing Life this year. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Key results

A total of 68% of the 1,000 people surveyed said they were ‘active’, meaning they take part in the recommended 150+ minutes of physical activity per week, compared to 63% in the 2021 results.

The number of students classed as active has risen by over 15% which is in contrast to the number of active staff which has decreased by 2%, when compared to 2021 results.

The survey once again found positive correlations between physical activity and wellbeing, demonstrating the important role physical activity plays in enhancing mental health and wellbeing.

Both staff and students reported lack of time as their biggest barrier to physical activity which highlights the need to emphasise to the university community that exercise doesn’t have to take a long time to be effective.

As a service we will continue to work hard to improve the wellbeing of our university community and raise awareness of the many benefits of being active; providing as many opportunities as possible for people to be active.

You can view the full report of headline results on our Balancing Life webpage.

Get in touch

For further information about the data in your specific work area, or if you have any ideas you’d like to share, please contact Kate Petty, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Manager.