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Next steps for student mental health in Higher Education - strategies and best practice, resources and government policy, joint working, academic rigour, and support for vulnerable groups

Morning, Wednesday, 12th October 2022


This conference focuses on the provision of mental health support in higher education, with recent research finding more than two thirds of students experiencing mental health concerns while at university.


It will be an opportunity to examine a range of policy initiatives, along with funding announced by the Government - including the scheme aimed at bringing universities together with the NHS and other services to enhance support and improve the student experience - and the appointment of the first Student Support Champion.                                             


Areas for discussion include:

  • mental health strategies - evidence-based whole-university approaches to mental health provision post-pandemic - best practice
  • resources - challenges and priorities for funding and system capacity - the impact of the latest tuition fee freeze and continuing rises in demand for support services
  • joint working - latest on university and NHS partnerships - practicalities for collaboration, data sharing, and co-ordination between universities themselves
  • teaching, learning and assessment - factoring academic rigour and support for student mental health into pedagogy, remote settings, assessment, and deadlines - staff roles and relationships
  • higher-risk student communities - targeted interventions, co-creation, and strategies to address challenges arising from identity, race and culture, experience of abuse and trauma, care experience, and issues such as student poverty

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Dr Omar Khan, Director, Centre for Transforming Access and Students Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO); John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK; Dr Dominique Thompson, Founder, Buzz Consulting; and Michael Baber, Director, Health Action Campaign.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Dominique Thompson

Founder, Buzz Consulting

John de Pury

Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK

Keynote Speakers

Dr Dominique Thompson

Founder, Buzz Consulting

John de Pury

Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK

Dr Omar Khan

Director, Centre for Transforming Access and Students Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO)

Chairs

Lord Lucas

Matt Western MP

Shadow Minister (Education)

Speakers

Helen Moulinos

Chief Executive, POhWer

Ian Munton

Head of Student Support and Careers Service, Aberystwyth University

Jem McKenzie

Inclusion & Communities Officer, Reading University Student Union

Neve Atkinson

Access, Education and Participation Officer, Cambridge SU

Emma Broglia

Research Associate and Policy Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield

Dr Mark Hoelterhoff

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Rita Hirani

Chief Executive, MindOut

Dine Romero

Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, & Communities, Bath & North East Somerset Council

Nicola Turner

Senior Fair Access Adviser, UCAS

Michael Baber

Director, Health Action Campaign