It is increasingly recognised how important mental health and wellbeing is for staff and student success. Universities and colleges are fast -developing ‘whole institution approaches’ to mental health and wellbeing, not only to improve academic outcomes and retention, but to provide a holistic and positive experience, even in the most challenging times. This one-day conference, organised by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Group in collaboration with Advance HE, will discuss new ideas and will aim to provide a boost in motivation and a fresh vision for all delegates. It will explore established and successful examples from the sector, share good practice, discuss the challenges when looking at mental health and wellbeing, and review ways to overcome possible difficulties.
Following a period of significant international and campus turmoil, a change to how wellbeing support and therapy are delivered, and a rise in demand for support, this conference will explore the future of mental wellbeing in higher education, and ask keynote speakers and panellists two significant questions: What direction is student and staff wellbeing support going in? and What can we do to prepare ourselves for the future?
This conference, run by frontline support staff, for frontline support staff, will offer the very latest thinking on student and staff mental health in higher education.
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Date: 17 May 2022
Location: Conference Aston, Birmingham
Who: Anyone who works with or support students
Who should attend?
Anyone works with or support students. It will also interest staff with strategic roles, academic staff, staff within counselling services and those who develop policy and practice relating to mental health and wellbeing on campus.
1. The future of out-of-hours support
Chair: Géraldine Dufour, Vice-Chair, MWBHE Expert Group
- Ben Lewis, Director, Student Support and Wellbeing, Cardiff University
- Jacob Kelly, Student Trustee, Nightline Association
2. The future of building community and developing population-based approaches to wellbeing on and off campus
Chair: Emma Nieminen, Nightline
- Dr Denise Meyer, Head of Wellbeing (Counselling and Mental Health), University of Portsmouth
- Dr Allán Laville, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading
- Ben Morley, Managing Director, True Student
3. The future of staff wellbeing
Chair: Laura Smythson, University of Surrey and Student Health Association
- Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University
- Professor Daniel Ladley, Professor of Finance, University of Leicester
4. The future of suicide prevention
Chair: Nic Streatfield, University of East London and AMOSSHE
- Treasa Fox, Head of Counselling Service and Project Lead, SynthSCS Project, Technological University of the Shannon
- Dr Sharon Mallon, Senior Lecturer (Mental Health), The Open University
- Vicky Groves, Chair of BACP Universities Division
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Accommodation for delegates at the conference venue
Conference delegates can book accommodation at the Conference Aston Hotel.
Located at the heart of Birmingham city centre, on the green campus of Aston University, the Conference Aston Hotel is 10 minutes walk from the city's three mainline stations, as well as key attractions including Bullring, Grand Central and Mailbox.