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Mental Wellbeing in HE Conference 2024: Better than rocket science! “Futureproofing” student and staff wellbeing

Delivered in collaboration with the Mental Wellbeing in HE Expert Group, this conference will address issues of mental wellbeing across all aspects of higher education.

Overview

Where are we now, and where are we going?  

If you work in student mental health and are feeling the need for a little more clarity and direction in your working life, then this is the conference for you. The multiple agendas, priorities and challenges in our higher education landscape can feel overwhelming, so here is an opportunity to take stock, reflect together on what works, and hear about innovative research to prepare us for the future.  

This is a conference for practitioners by practitioners, where you will discover the latest thinking in both student and staff mental health and wellbeing. Within this conference there are two main ‘strands’ one aimed at academic staff, covering teaching and research (embedding mental health in the curriculum, wellbeing in programme design, assessment etc.), and one for student support/mental health professionals.  

It’s not rocket science… it’s better than rocket science! 

 

Booking information

Date: 15 May 2024
Venue: Horizon Leeds

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Sharing best practice in a way that is collaborative and inclusive, which recognises the challenges within the sector but approaches it through a positive solution focussed narrative.”

Matt Heaver 
Mental Health Adviser, University of Sheffield

The Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Group (MWBHE)

Organised by the Mental Wellbeing in HE group (MWBHE) in collaboration with Advance HE, this conference will provide a constructive space for colleagues to come together to share real-world examples of how they are putting into practice the strategic goal of a whole university approach to student and staff wellbeing.

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Conference themes 

The conference will have the following sub-themes and contributors will be asked to identify which sub-theme their submission supports: 

  • Effective collaborative working in student support across services, departments and teams 
  • Curriculum-based wellbeing 
  • Innovative outreach and collaborative working 
  • Staff training and support 
  • Staff wellbeing 
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Who should attend?

This conference is organised by frontline professionals for frontline professionals, and will be of interest to Heads of Counselling, Student Welfare Officers, Student Support Officers, Lecturers, and anyone wishing to learn more about identifying and addressing poor mental wellbeing within their students.

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Programme

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Speakers

Programme Manager
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The University of Manchester
Cathryn Rodway
Cathryn has worked in mental health and suicide prevention research for over fifteen years. She is assisting the Project Director with the day-to-day management of a UK-wide research programme into suicide prevention in clinical services. Cathryn completed her PhD in 2023, a study examining suicide in children and young people. Cathryn is the principal investigator for the national review of higher education student suicides and also for a study examining the effects of patient suicide on clinicians.

GP Principal
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University of Sheffield
Dr Helen Winter
Dr Helen Winter qualified from The University of Sheffield Medical School in 1999 and completed her GP training in Chesterfield. After a year spent living and working as a Psychiatry trainee in Sydney, Australia, Helen returned to General Practice in the UK, working as a GP in Derbyshire for 5 years.
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