Guest of Honour

Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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Overview

Creating University-Wide Approaches to Tackling Mental Health – Embedding Support into all Aspects of University Life, Utilising Data to Increase Awareness and Improve Support and Promoting an Anti-Stigma Culture on Campus

Sessions will look at how to overcome the taboo of mental health within universities, particularly through raising awareness via campaigns such as University Mental Health Day, as well as the potential for universities to start collecting data and carrying out self-evaluations of their mental health policies in order to identify areas for improvements. Delegates will consider how institutions can embed student support into all aspects of university, from the transition from school to university, teaching and learning to extra-curricular activities, and with few universities having a formalised mental health strategy, delegates will also consider what needs to be done to create a sector-wide approach to mental health that works for all institutions. The forum will also consider the role of the new Office for Students as well as assess the way forward to implement the recommendations from the forthcoming UUK mental health framework.

Ensuring High Quality Support For Students at all Times – Accessible and Well-Signposted Services, Continuity of Care Between Home and University and Collaboration with External Services

Delegates will look at how to ensure that student support services are both simple to use and well signposted so that students are able to access the provision they need whenever necessary, as well as how to ensure the parity of support between term-times and holidays and consider the question of whether students should be able to be registered with a GP simultaneously at home and at university. Attendees will discuss how to improve relationships and collaborations with external providers of health and wellbeing services, including onsite and offsite GP surgeries, charities and the NHS. With increasing numbers of students enrolling at university putting continued strain on student services, sessions will also look at what more can be done to bridge the gaps in support, and in particular what role peer-to-peer support groups and online or phone services can play in providing advice and guidance to those who need it and whether these services can help remove unnecessary reluctance or embarrassment to seek help.

Supporting Students and Staff Alike – Thorough Training for all Support Staff, Providing a Safe and Healthy Work Environment and Ensuring Staff are Comfortable Asking for Help

With many members of university staff choosing not to disclose or seek help for mental health for fear of being treated differently, sessions will also discuss what can be done to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for the university workforce. Delegates will discuss how the rise in the number of university students over recent years, coupled with rising pressures in an increasingly marketised HE sector, has impacted the number of staff members developing or disclosing they have mental health issues and what more can be done to support staff and help them achieve a better work-life balance. Attendees will also discuss what needs to be done to provide all university staff have sufficient training on mental health policy to not only help them identify and support students who may need it, but also to identify any symptoms in themselves and colleagues.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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09:05 - 09:15
Key Factors Linked to the Mental Ill Health of Students

 

09:15 - 09:40
Ensuring a Supported and Informed Transition to University

 

09:40 - 10:25
Creating University-Wide Approaches to Supporting Mental Health: Embedding Support into all Aspects of University Life, Utilising Data to Increase Awareness and Improve Support and Promoting an Anti-Stigma Culture on Campus

 
  • Discussion of how to overcome the taboo of mental health within universities, particularly through raising awareness via campaigns such as University Mental Health Day
  • Assessment of the potential for universities to start collecting data and carrying out self-evaluations of their mental health policies in order to identify areas for improvements.
  • Consideration of how institutions can embed student support into all aspects of university, from the transition from school to university, the development of teaching and learning to extra-curricular activities.
  • With few universities having a formalised mental health strategy, delegates will also consider what needs to be done to create a sector-wide approach to mental health that works for all institutions. 
  • Consideration of the role of the new Office for Students as well as the way forward for the implementation of recommendations from the forthcoming UUK mental health framework.

10:25 - 10:50
Recommendations from the UUK Mental Health Framework

 

Speakers

Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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10:50 - 10:55
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

Speakers

Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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10:55 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:20 - 11:25
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

Speakers

Daniel Zeichner MP Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students and Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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11:25 - 12:10
Ensuring High Quality Support For Students at all Times: Accessible and Well-Signposted Services, Continuity of Care Between Home and University and Collaboration with External Services

 
  • Discussion of how to ensure that student support services are both simple to use and well signposted so that students are able to access the provision they need whenever necessary.
  • Ensuring the parity of support between term-times and holidays and consideration of the question of whether students should be able to be registered with a GP simultaneously at home and at university.
  • How to improve relationships and collaborations with external providers of health and wellbeing services, including onsite and offsite GP surgeries, charities and the NHS.
  • With increasing numbers of students enrolling at university putting continued strain on student services, sessions will also look at what more can be done to bridge the gaps in support. 
  • Consideration of the role peer-to-peer support groups and online or phone services can play in providing advice and guidance to those who need it and whether they can help remove unnecessary reluctance or embarrassment to seek help.

12:10 - 12:55
Supporting Students and Staff Alike: Thorough Training for all Support Staff, Providing a Safe and Healthy Work Environment and Ensuring Staff are Comfortable Asking for Help

 
  • With many members of university staff choosing not to disclose or seek help for mental health for fear of being treated differently, delegates will consider what can be done to ensure a healthy work environment for the university workforce.
  • Discussion of how the rise in the number of university students, coupled with rising pressures in an increasingly marketised HE sector, has impacted the number of staff members developing or disclosing they have mental health issues.
  • Assessment of what more can be done to support staff and help them achieve a better work-life balance. 
  • Consideration of what needs to be done to provide all university staff with sufficient training on mental health policy to help them identify and support students as well as themselves or colleagues.

12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

 

Speakers

Daniel Zeichner MP Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students and Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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End

Speakers

Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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Daniel Zeichner MP Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students and Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

Cambridge Assessment


Venue details

Central London


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