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Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum

A collaborative project for learning and teaching

This collaborative project is currently running and is now closed for new participants

An ongoing challenge highlighted in the 2019 Advance HE and HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey is that student wellbeing remains well below that of the general population of young people, and levels of anxiety continue to rise. Given that several aspects of the student experience are becoming more positive; it is notable that this is not following through into a more positive outlook on life.

The Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum project was a collaboration involving Advance HE and English-based universities or colleges. Following high interest in the first cohort, we opened recruitment to a second cohort running from March to September 2020. The price for participation was £6,000 for Advance HE members and £7,000 for non-members.

This project is now closed

Registrations have now closed to participate in this project. However, you can now register to let us know of your interest in any possible future phases and related collaborative projects.


Who Should Join the Project

The project sought to recruit institutions who:

  • Have a broad interest in promoting the enjoyment of learning and teaching, enhancing the student experience, promoting inclusive practice, and equitable student outcomes;
  • Wish to increase their understanding of mental health and wellbeing in learning and teaching and how to maximise the benefits;
  • Are committed to taking meaningful steps to design and introduce changes in their practice, at the level of programmes and individual courses, and/or strategic design for future change;
  • Appreciate the uniqueness of the English HE context and the benefits of working in collaboration with others to ensure a valuable learning experience for all student groups.

Project Structure

The project was designed to maximise the value of working collaboratively with other institutions whilst benefiting from Advance HE specialist support.

The working practice for the project is comprised as follows: 

  • Two bespoke meetings at each institution (one face-to-face involving a cross section of relevant units and actors, and one online with project leads);
  • Two interactive all-day collaborative events with project leads from participating institutions;
  • The optional application of a customisable survey instrument that will provide senior leaders with meaningful data on current attitudes and practice;
  • An end-of-project report sharing principles, good practice and next steps that can be adapted for strategy and policy documents.

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