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Improving student mental health in Higher Education

Morning, Tuesday, 30th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will focus on priorities for supporting and improving student mental health, and latest thinking on what policy support is necessary, best practice in multi-agency co-operation, and what is needed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be an opportunity to discuss mental health among students in HE following the publication of the COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan earlier this year, which identifies children and young people as a key priority for suicide prevention and mental health support. Delegates will consider its proposals, and the extent to which further support may be needed.

Following the relaxing of COVID restrictions, which have had a significant impact on the lives of students in HE over the past year, this conference is well timed to consider how the pandemic has affected students’ mental health, and priorities for mental health support and pastoral care going forward.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from key stakeholders on core issues, including:

  • Policy priorities for supporting student mental health - Estelle Kane, Senior Officer, Access and Inclusion, Office for Students
  • Mental Health and Suicide prevention - Lord Lucas of Crudwell and Dingwell
  • Next steps for University Mental Health - Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds

The agenda in summary:

  • Policy priorities for supporting student mental health
  • Mental health support post-COVID - acting on lessons learned, funding priorities, improving awareness, utilising edtech, boosting capacity and learning from best practice
  • Mental Health and Suicide prevention - involving parents and establishing a duty of care
  • Improving multi-agency working and response - joining up services, improving data sharing and meeting funding challenges
  • Addressing mental health challenges within specific groups
    • Mental health within careers guidance and supporting the transition to employment
    • Helping disadvantaged students tackle mental health concerns
    • Tackling mental health issues amongst ethnic minority students
  • Next steps for University Mental Health


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Lord Lucas of Crudwell and Dingwell


Baroness Tyler

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales


Estelle Kane

Senior Officer, Access and Inclusion, Office for Students

Nicola Turner

Policy Executive, UCAS

Rosie Tressler

Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds

Professor Edward Watkins

Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Exeter

Dr Jason Arday

Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Durham University

Harry Bliss

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, UniHeads