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Why join Team Swansea?

Every journey starts with a single step, and at Swansea University, we’re making strides towards greater wellbeing, and believe nobody struggling with their mental health should suffer alone.

By joining Team Swansea, you are committing to support bettering mental health for everyone, from safe spaces for student nurses to suicide prevention for future generations.

If running simply isn’t your thing, you can still make a difference by donating now to support better mental health for everyone. So far, money raised has helped fund suicide prevention for future generations, a more resilient NHS workforce and exercise on referral for students feeling the strain.

As a registered charity, we channel many of our donations towards world class research and student support. By investing in these areas, we are making ground-breaking discoveries in health and sustainability while ensuring that our students can excel at university, no matter their background or personal circumstances.

From first steps to the finish line, let’s make strides.

Take your first steps by registering to run

Last year, over 100 Swansea University students, staff and alumni completed Swansea Half Marathon as part of Team Swansea, raising over £20k to support bettering mental health, and through your participation, we know we can build on this success in 2024.

We are delighted to be the official sponsors of Swansea Half Marathon for the second year, and to be able to offer discounted entry codes for Swansea University students, staff, and Alumni. Simply register to express your interest in running for Team Swansea, and our fundraising team will be in touch with your code and a step-by-step guide on how to enter and become part of 'Team Swansea'. Together we will continue to 'Make Strides for Mental Health'.

By joining Team Swansea, you will also be running alongside Welsh rugby legend, Ryan Jones, who is returning this year to be one of our Team Swansea captains!

Virtual Half Marathon

Can’t make it to Swansea on 9th June? No problem! This year, you can still join Team Swansea and take part in the Virtual Swansea Half Marathon. Complete the challenge in your way, on the route of your choice, at any time – and earn the same finisher’s medal and certificate. Whether you do it with friends or on your own, in stages or all at once – it’s up to you! Sign up for the Virtual Swansea Half Marathon.

Here are some amazing projects that have been supported by Making Strides so far:


Ann Jon

Children and Young People's Mental Health

Professor Ann John and her team of researchers within the Medical School are exploring young people’s mental health, as well as suicide and self-harm prevention.

“It feels like we can make a difference - in a very different but equally important way - as my days in direct clinical care.”

By supporting this important medical research, donors have helped us save lives for years to come.

Student Support

Students Walking on a beach

Student Support

Mental health issues are on the rise among young people. After living through a pandemic, our students are now faced with the Cost-Of-Living crisis. In these uncertain times, it’s more challenging than ever to adapt to life at university and the challenges it brings. Our Wellbeing service provides excellent support to our students, but we are always striving to do more.

Supporting our students’ wellbeing will give them the best possible start for their future careers.

A Resilient NHS Workforce


A Resilient NHS Workforce

The nursing profession is in crisis; there’s a shortage of staff and many nurses feel that patient safety is at risk.

The Hub will give students an opportunity to discuss their experiences with fellow nursing students, healthcare professionals, and alumni nurses who have been in their shoes.

The skills our nursing students gain from their studies, and the support they get from the Hub will ensure that you and your relatives get the best care possible, from labour wards to care homes and everywhere in between.

Find out more by viewing our campaign video, featuring campaign ambassador Ryan Jones:

Meet Team Swansea

Hear from last year's runners

In 2023, our runners did us proud. Hear from some of last year's runners about what being part of Team Swansea meant to them:


In 2022, donations from alumni and friends supported projects in real need. Diolch - Registered charity no. 1138342