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Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum – International

Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum – International

An international, online, collaborative project for learning and teaching

This collaborative project is now closed for new participants

The 2019 Advance HE and HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey highlighted that student mental wellbeing remains well below that of the general population of young people, and levels of anxiety continue to rise. A recent analysis by Red Brick Research of 280 studies from the UK, Germany, Spain and Australia exploring student well-being concluded that the rising rate of student mental health problems is a global issue that needs a “whole university approach” to tackle it. It is not solely the responsibility of support services.

The Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum International Collaborative Project was grounded in sharing excellent practice, developing innovative approaches and assessing the impact of change. The institutions involved benefitted from focused support on key issues, a safe space to share challenges, building networks of support and implementing meaningful change. They gained an insight into the approaches being taken in similar institutions facing similar challenges.

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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 practice; and
  • Are interested in sharing perspectives and practice from cultural and academic environments outside their own to ensure a valuable learning experience for all student groups.

Project Structure

The project will be led by Advance HE with input from a project board and experts.

  • Two customised online meetings between an Advance HE expert with each institution involving, where appropriate, a cross-section of relevant units and staff;
  • Four interactive, collaborative webinars with project leads from the multiple participating institutions (varied timezones & recorded);
  • A dedicated collaborative project space on Connect, Advance HE’s online network platform;
  • The optional application of a customisable survey instrument to provide senior leaders with meaningful data on current attitudes and practice at the programme level. This may be used as a baseline to measure ongoing change or incorporated in Access and Participation Plans
  • An end-of-project report sharing principles, good practice and next steps that can be adapted
  • for strategy and policy documents.

Case Study: National Collaborative Medical School Assessment and Feedback Project

For more information on Collaborative Projects, we have a case study from the recent National Collaborative Medical School Assessment and Feedback Project. The project was a collaboration between Advance HE and six medical schools. Through a series of structured and collaborative activities, participating schools looked to achieve a deeper, all-encompassing understanding of the challenges of assessment and feedback.

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Case study - Medical School Assessment

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