Updated attendance format for shift workers in 2022!


When the winter dates have been confirmed – the form on this page will open for booking.

‘A quick intro to the course’ – 1:30 min

‘Happiness Hacks’- a taster of some of the course content – 2:00 min


Following feedback from the 2021 course the attendance format has changed to make attendance more flexible.
One of the most challenging hurdles we faced when we ran the Science of Happiness last year with the SWAST was the fact that most staff were shift workers which made it really difficult to attend regular small group meetings or happiness hubs as we call them.


The course now will consist of a live lecture every Wed evening (recommended, but also recorded if you can’t make it).
The Happiness Hubs will now be drop in sessions, on Tues and Thurs at 1300 & 1800.

You just need to be a member of SWAST staff, and be willing to engage in the programme in your own time.

As with most courses on www.swastcpd.co.uk   this course is fully funded for SWASFT staff. Students also welcome.

This course is not like most others we have advertised on SWASTCPD.

This course is not a wellbeing or self help course to improve your mental health and happiness; it is a course to explore the understand the what, how and why of happiness,  based on rigorous evidence based and peer reviewed science.

But, when people complete this course, there has been a clear and measurable significant positive effect on student’s mental well-being.

Who is providing the course?

Prof Bruce Hood is one of the UK’s most eminent psychologists. He holds the Chair of Developmental Psychology at Bristol University where the “Science of Happiness” programme was developed. He is a best-selling author and presented the Royal Institution (2011) Christmas Lectures “Meet Your Brain.”

As well as working for Bristol University, he also runs his own company providing this course to Universities and other organisations. You can visit their website here.

Peer-reviewed Research

This course is based on peer-reviewed research published in scientific journals and the programme itself has been shown to be effective in raising mental well-being.

Introduction lecture


This online course is a 4 week programme combining weekly pre-recorded  lectures, live interactive expert sessions, a remote personal coaching app and small group online meetings.

CPD Accredited*

BSP logo The “Science of Happiness” 4 week online course is accredited for 8 hours of CPD by the British Psychological Society.

*These are not HE credits you can APL to an MSc / BSc pathway. 


Happiness Hacks

Here is a brief summary of the evidence-based activities and habits that we call happiness hacks to improve mental well-being

Click here to read the paper

Benefits of a psychoeducational happiness course on university student mental well-being both before and during a COVID-19 lockdown

First Published March 17, 2021 Research Article 

DATES are TBC for the OCT /NOV run. Below is an example of the structure for the June run. 

There will be an introductory live pre-course lecture date TBC.

It is not mandatory to attend all the lectures, but recommended to get the most from the course. 

Course starts 20th of June 2022 for 4 weeks
Live online sessions – (They will be recorded to watch back if you can’t make it, but you will get more out of a live session)*
  • Wed – 22nd June – 18:00 – Zoom
  • Wed –  29th June – 18:00 – Zoom
  • Wed –  6th July   – 18:00 – Zoom
  • Wed –  13th July  – 18:00 – Zoom

*these are CPD points, not higher education credits

You will also be invited to participate in weekly small group, online mentored ‘happiness hubs’ on Tuesdays & Thursdays to discuss progress.
These will take place at 1300 & 1800 on both days.
These will run be run in a ‘drop in’ format to make it easier for you to attend. Ideally you should try to attend 1 a week.

Please book via the form below – if you cannot see the selection to book, it unfortunately means the course is fully booked.

This course is offered on a 1st come 1st served basis.

You will then receive a set of joining instructions for the event.