Key Points
  • Find out about the Office for Students challenge competition
  • How Adopting a whole University approach to mental health is improving outcomes
  • Exploring University wide understanding of streamlining pastoral care by establishing effective signposting and clear definitions of job remits
  • Share best practice on early intervention models and establishing robust multi-agency partnerships
  • Learn about University wide suicide prevention strategies and the impact on suicide reduction
  • Tackling the stigma around mental health; being pro-active not reactive
  • Ensuring bespoke and tailored approaches to support for University students from all backgrounds
  • Exploring the implications of a Student Mental Health Charter


Overview

Speakers:

  • (Keynote) Jessica Trahar, Head of Student Welfare and Safeguarding, Office for Students
  • (Keynote) Alan Percy, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group, UUK
  • Dr Ian Bullock, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians
  • Christopher Tucker, Tucker, Head of Campus and Residential Support, University of Sussex
  • Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich
  • Dr. Anne Luce, Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication, Bournemouth University
  • Adam Morris, Believe Perform
  • Omolade Adedapo, Vice-President (Welfare), Kent Union
  • Hannah Borkin, Researcher, Advance HE


Higher Education is facing an increasing crisis in student mental health; 1 in 4 students are affected by depression and anxiety, student drop outs have trebled, and student suicide rates have reached record highs. It is therefore essential that Universities are placing mental health at the top of the agenda to remove barriers, reduce stigma and better support their student population.

Featuring speakers from multiple layers of governance, strategy, academic staff, student services and well-being teams, this conference will examine the causes and solutions to tackling mental health issues at University. Gain insight from policy makers, senior University officials, academics and a range of mental health organisations.

We will explore whole University approaches to mental health, and share best practice on effective early intervention models, multi-agency approaches, suicide prevention strategies and effective models for personal tutoring. You will also learn how to be pro-active, rather than reactive on tackling mental health, and will hear from leading experts on how to raise awareness, reduce the stigma and create open dialogue regarding mental health issues.

This conference will be particularly appealing to the following people:

  • University Executive Boards
  • Student Services teams
  • Wellbeing/ Counselling teams
  • Student Support teams
  • Student Experience teams
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officers
  • Students’ Union Representatives / Student Officers
  • Student Residential Officers/ Managers / Wardens
  • Academic staff / Personal tutors
  • Chaplaincy and Pastoral representatives


Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:15 - 09:30
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Address 1: The Office for Students’ Challenge Competition: Achieving a step change in mental health outcomes for all students

 
  • Exploring the policy landscape of student mental health and OfS’s role and priorities
  • An overview of projects funding through the OfS mental health challenge competition
  • Understanding ‘what works’ in student mental health


Speakers

Jessica Trahar Head of Student Welfare and Safeguarding , Office for Students

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10:00 - 10:35
Keynote Address: Adopting a Whole-University Approach to Student Mental Health

 
  • Ensuring that student growth targets are in line with resources and support on offer on campuses 
  • Exploring University understanding of streamlining pastoral care by establishing efficient signposting 
  • Shifting staff cultures to ensure clear definitions of roles and responsibilities      
  • Examining the role of an academic and identifying effective models for personal tutoring

Speakers

Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group, UUK

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10:35 - 11:05
Panel Session: Establishing Robust Multi-Agency Partnerships

 
  • Establishing positive partnerships with external providers of support such as the police, local advisory services and health centres, victim support and well being services
  • Developing effective early intervention team models by coordinating clear response strategies with all relevant agencies 
  • Ensuring quality and secure data is shared between the different agencies to ensure effective delivery of service

Speakers

Chris Shelley Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich

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11:05 - 11:30
Networking Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Suicide prevention

 

12:00 - 12:50
(Panel session) Tackling the stigma around mental health: Being pro-active not reactive

 
  • How the way mental health is presented in the media and wider society effects the conversation 
  • Creating open settings for students to talk about mental health 
  • Exploring innovative and accessible ways of disseminating information about mental health 
  • Educating students about mental health and identifying it as a mental illness 
  • Wellbeing classes- tailoring them to the bespoke experiences of each student based on the course they are doing

Speakers

Adam Morris Believe Perform

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Dr. Ann Luce Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication, University of Bournemouth

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12:50 - 13:50
Networking Lunch

 

13:50 - 14:15
’A view from the ED waiting seat, the bedside, and the bench’

 

Speakers

Dr Ian Bullock Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians

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14:15 - 15:00
(Panel Session) Ensuring bespoke support for all University students

 
  • Tackling Hate Crime on Campus: increasing awareness and creating safe, healthy, tolerant and inclusive academic communities 
  • Exploring effective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies and tackling discrimination 
  • University wide approaches to acknowledging the unique experiences of different student demographics including; BME students, Disabled students, LGBT students, International students, WP students, Mature students, Post-Graduate students and Veterans

Speakers

Omolade Adedapo Vice-President (Welfare), Kent Union

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Hannah Borkin Researcher, Advance HE

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15:00 - 15:30
Student Mental Health Charter

 
  • Recognising and rewarding institutions that demonstrate good practice, make student and staff mental health a university- wide priority and deliver improved student mental health and wellbeing outcome

15:30 - 15:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Omolade Adedapo Vice-President (Welfare), Kent Union

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Hannah Borkin Researcher, Advance HE

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Dr Ian Bullock Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians

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Dr. Ann Luce Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication, University of Bournemouth

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Adam Morris Believe Perform

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Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group, UUK

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Chris Shelley Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich

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Jessica Trahar Head of Student Welfare and Safeguarding , Office for Students

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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