Westminster Higher Education Forum

Priorities for student mental health: developing the new University Mental Health Charter, facilitating the school-university transition and improving co-ordination between support providers

Morning, Monday, 28th January 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will examine the priorities for student mental health, including the current state of mental health provision available to students at university and the next steps to improve support. 


It follows the announcement in June 2018 by the Universities Minister of a series of new measures, including the development of a new University Mental Health Charter- which will be developed in partnership with charities and higher education providers and aims to oversee the development of new standards to promote student mental health and wellbeing.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the development of the Charter and wider issues for universities as they seek to improve their provision of mental health services, including by co-ordinating their action with local NHS services and charities.


Those attending will also consider the transition for students from school and college to university, as the Department for Education prepares to set up a working group - recommended by the Universities Minister - which looks at potential ways to ensure that students get the best possible support, particularly in their first year at university. 


Further sessions will discuss how to develop a collaborative and coordinated approach to mental health care at university and improve provision on campus in line with the recent recommendations of the UUK’s new guidance to improve the coordination of care between the NHS and universities, which advocated a greater emphasis on prevention from universities in order to reduce longer term risk factors and the development of local multi-agency support for students.



Guest of Honour

Professor Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England and Chair, Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group, Universities UK

Guest of Honour

Professor Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England and Chair, Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group, Universities UK

Keynote Speaker

Dominic Kingaby

Student Experience Policy Lead, Mental Health, Department for Education

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

former Shadow Spokesperson on Health and Social Care

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

Speakers

Dr Denise Meyer

Head of Wellbeing, University of Portsmouth Student Wellbeing Service

Rachel O’Brien

Disabled Students’ Officer, National Union of Students

Siân Jones-Davies

Senior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland

Rosie Tressler

Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds

Senior speaker confirmed from Office for National Statistics

Sue Baillie

Pastoral Director, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle

Rowan Munson

Student

Professor Judith Squires

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students, University of Bristol

Dr Nihara Krause

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stem4

Yvonne Hawkins

Director, Teaching Excellence and Student Experience, Office for Students

Paul Jenkins

Chief Executive, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Stuart Rimmer

Chief Executive Officer & Principal, East Coast College