The University of Western Australia Law School has a new wellbeing initiative - a furry four legged friend that is providing students with a much-needed break from their studies and proving to be quite a hit with people on campus.
Julius Caeser (Juris Dogtor) a greying dachshund, with a big personality to match his name, is the latest member of the UWA Law School.
The 14 year old pampered pooch loves the attention, pats and short walks and is a friendly canine companion for students between lectures and study time.
Dean of the UWA Law School Associate Professor Natalie Skead said Julius had been introduced into the school to support student wellbeing - to give students a reason to step out of the library and away from their devices, to put a smile on their faces, and to remind them of the importance of taking regular breaks from study.
“Law is an exciting, complex and challenging discipline and we are conscious of the need to support our law students in achieving the right balance between study, and enjoying their downtime on campus,” Professor Skead said.
“Law students can book an appointment with Julius for walks and cuddles throughout the semester. They are encouraged to relax, have fun and enjoy their time on campus during an important part of their lives.”
UWA first year law student Robert Keenan said he got involved in the initiative because study could be challenging and he thought it would be good idea to take a break and do something that was outside and active.
“It’s been great, it doesn’t matter how bad a day you have had, taking Julius out brings a smile to your face and makes you feel better instantly,” Mr Keenan said.
“When you take him for a walk everybody loves him, wants to stop and talk to you, wants to pat him, he’s the centre of attention so it’s great for him too.”
Julius has a fanfare of admirers, and even has his own Facebook page that receives high volumes of traffic. Comments on social media include “I’ve never been as excited to go to class’ to “What a little cutie” and “Suddenly I’m interested in doing law”, with many students jokingly posting that Julius may sway their choice of University subject - or even their choice of University.
Jess Reid (UWA Media and PR Advisor) (+61 8) 6488 6876