The Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Group supports and promotes the mental health of higher education students and staff.
The aim of the group is to increase collaboration between the different sectors, agencies and professional groups responsible for mental wellbeing in higher education.
They do this through hosting conferences and discussions, collaborating in research and occasional publications.
They aim to be a reference point for university and external providers to influence policy on issues related to mental wellbeing in higher education.
They are an independent group, initially housed at UUK and currently hosted by Advance HE. They work with Advance HE to support greater synergies between student support and welfare services and Teaching and Learning units.
Expert group membership
Members are drawn from organisations working directly with mental health and wellbeing in the higher education sector, including AMOSSHE, the NUS, Nightline, Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS), BACP Universities and Colleges, the Student Health Association (SHA), the University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN), the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Advance HE.
The 2015 good practice guidance examined student requirements and the increasing diversity of higher education provision emerging across the UK's four nations. It highlights the following areas for consideration in developing institutional policies and procedures:
- National and international policy developments
- Duty of care and legal considerations
- Access to support, advice and guidance
- Provision of training, development opportunities and information dissemination
- Demand for institutional services versus external statutory services
- Liaison between internal and external, voluntary and statutory agencies.
Each institution is different, therefore their use of this guidance will depend on the makeup of the student cohort and the particular challenges the institution may face.
Conferences and events
In collaboration with Advance HE, the group hosts an annual conference to offer advice and support best practice for mental health and wellbeing professionals working in higher education
Our next conference, Reading the Tea Leaves: Preparing for the Future of Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education is taking place on 17 May 2022, in person at Aston University, Birmingham.