Key Points
  • Hear from students themselves: Beneath the statistics, what has been the lived experience of student life during a pandemic?
  • Monitoring University performance in the age of Covid-19: How best to apply new frameworks that ensure staff and students are thriving in new learning environments
  • Protecting already vulnerable students: Learn how create bespoke, targeted support for students at-risk of falling through the cracks
  • Understanding The University Mental Health Charter: Acknowledging and learning from best practice examples


Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Emma Mamo, Mentally Healthy Universities – Team Lead, Mind
  • Clare Dickens, Academic Lead Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton
  • Leigh Spanner, Sector Improvement Lead, Student Minds
  • Mette Westander, Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

    More than 50% of students say their mental health has declined since the Covid pandemic began*

    The mental health crisis in students has been exacerbated by Covid-19. As students grapple with online learning, self-isolation, student mental health is deteriorating and more support from universities is needed than ever before.

    Covid-19 and the measures put in place to curb its spread have led to increased feelings of loneliness and anxiety. The pandemic has also further entrenched existing divisions and made it harder for students already struggling.

    Join Westminster Insights Mental Health in Higher Education Conference to explore the impact lockdown and isolation has had on student wellbeing and the transition to online learning. We will explore the positives and negatives it has brought, the systems in place to support staff, the importance of building inclusive online communities, and ensuring at-risk students are monitored and protected going forward.

    Hear from Mind on their initiative ‘Mentally Healthy Universities’: a framework to help universities improve the way they talk about mental health, and ensure students and staff are given the support they need to build resilience.

    *survey for the National Union of Students (NUS). November 2020

Agenda
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08:50 - 09:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Clare Dickens Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton

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09:00 - 09:30
The University Experience in the Era of Covid-19: A Student’s Perspective

 
A personal account of life at university in a time of unprecedented change



09:30 - 10:00
Managing Mental Health in a Pandemic: A Strategic Overview

 
  • How have universities handled the transition to online learning, and what has been the burden on student wellbeing? 
  • Recreating the university community online and ensuring students have easy access to the support they need
  • What are the potential mental health benefits of online learning post-Covid?
  • Assessing the impact of social isolation supporting students with pre-existing mental health conditions

10:00 - 10:10
Break

 

10:10 - 10:40
Supporting Students and Staff: A University-Wide Approach to Mental Health

 
  • Mentally Healthy Universities: an overview of the programme and its efficacy
  • Tackling the stigma of mental health and improving peer support at university
  • Ensuring students are equipped with the resilience and tools to manage their mental health at university and future employment

Speakers

Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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10:40 - 11:10
The Mental Health Charter: A New Framework to Help Universities Thrive

 
  • Supporting students and staff in transitioning to a new learning environment and ensuring support services are accessible to all
  • Recognising and rewarding the right practice, and ensuring a consistent standard across all Universities
  • Planning for a sustainable future: how have mental health guidelines changed since the coronavirus pandemic?

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Leigh Spanner Sector Improvement Lead

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11:10 - 11:40
Helping Students Stay Well in Uncertain Times

 
  •  Learn the wellbeing signs to watch out for, and how mental health and wellbeing might be adversely affected during and after the pandemic
  •   The indirect impact of Covid-19: Review how graduating in a recession impacts long term mental health and wellbeing, and how you can help reduce the impact
  •  Understand where to refer students with suicidal thinking or behaviours
  •  Be updated on how to help any student in distress in 3 first steps

Speakers

Dr Dominique Thompson Author, GP, & Director, Buzz Consulting

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11:40 - 12:00
The Importance of Pedagogy: Embedding Mental Health into the Syllabus

 
  • What is inclusive pedagogy?
  • Identifying and addressing systematic barriers to mental wellbeing
  • Co-creating a more inclusive curriculum with students and staff
  • Continuing to critically examine our universities during the pandemic and after

12:00 - 12:10
Break

 

12:10 - 12:40
Supporting Students by Supporting Staff

 
  • How can the working relationship between staff and mental health organisations be improved to ensure an efficient handover of student care?
  • Establishing boundaries and clear levels of support in the context of digital learning
  • Improving peer support networks: What support is there for academics’ own mental health?

Speakers

Christopher Tucker (Incoming) Director of Residence Life, The University of Edinburgh

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12:40 - 13:30
Adapting to new working conditions: Ensuring Already Marginalised Students get the Support they Need

 
  • Supporting disabled students adapting to new and challenging learning conditions
  • Recognising and tackling the mental health inequalities among LGBT+ students
  • Addressing the rise in mental health concerns among BAME students
  • How best to support the mental wellbeing of international students in the context of Covid-19

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Mette Westander Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

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End

Speakers

Clare Dickens Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton

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Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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Leigh Spanner Sector Improvement Lead

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Dr Dominique Thompson Author, GP, & Director, Buzz Consulting

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Christopher Tucker (Incoming) Director of Residence Life, The University of Edinburgh

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Mette Westander Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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