Key Points
  • Hear from students themselves: Beneath the statistics, what has been the lived experience of student life during a pandemic?
  • Monitoring University performance in the age of Covid-19: Ensuring staff and students are thriving in new learning environments
  • Protecting already vulnerable students: Learn how create bespoke, targeted support for students at-risk of falling through the cracks
  • Understanding The University Mental Health Charter: Acknowledging and learning from best practice examples
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby
  • Ross Renton, Principal, ARU Peterborough
  • Dr Anna Matthews, Chair, UMHAN
  • Professor Keith McLay, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby
  • Hannah Robinson, Academic Registrar, University of Derby
  • Jonathan Rhodes, Educational Developer, University of Wolverhampton
  • Robyn Guillaume-Smith, Senior Programme Officer - Mentally Healthy Universities, Mind
  • Clare Dickens, Academic Lead Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton
  • Leigh Spanner, Sector Improvement Lead, Student Minds
  • Christopher Tucker, Director of Residence Life, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Dominique Thompson, Author and Consultant, Buzz Consulting
  • Lesley O'Keeffe, Registrar, Brunel University London
  • Mette Westander, Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

    More than 50% of students say their mental health has declined since the Covid pandemic began*

    The mental health crisis in students has been exacerbated by Covid-19. As students grapple with online learning, self-isolation, student mental health is deteriorating and more support from universities is needed than ever before.

    Covid-19 and the measures put in place to curb its spread have led to increased feelings of loneliness and anxiety. The pandemic has also further entrenched existing divisions and made it harder for students already struggling.

    Join Westminster Insights Mental Health in Higher Education Conference to explore the impact lockdown and isolation has had on student wellbeing and the transition to online learning. We will explore the positives and negatives it has brought, the systems in place to support staff, the importance of building inclusive online communities, and ensuring at-risk students are monitored and protected going forward.

    Hear from Vice Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell on the challenges of managing mental health in a pandemic, and how the University of Derby handled the transition to online learning

    *survey for the National Union of Students (NUS). November 2020

Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Clare Dickens Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton

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09:00 - 09:20
The University Experience in the Era of Covid-19: A Student’s Perspective

 
  • A student nurses’ perspective of continuing academic studies in unprecedented times
  • Adapting to new working conditions and facing the pandemic on the frontline
  • The broader impact of the pandemic on student life: reduced access to libraries, catering services, transport facilities and opportunities to socialise




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Rianne Soleil Adult Nursing Masters Student, University of Wolverhampton

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09:20 - 09:50
Managing Mental Health in a Pandemic: A Strategic Overview

 
  • How have universities handled the transition to online learning, and what has been the burden on student wellbeing? 
  • Recreating the university community online and ensuring students have easy access to the support they need
  • What are the potential mental health benefits of online learning post-Covid?
  • Assessing the impact of social isolation supporting students with pre-existing mental health conditions
9:40 - 9:50 Questions and Discussion


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Hannah Robinson Academic Registrar, University of Derby

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Kathryn Mitchell Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

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Keith McLay Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

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09:50 - 10:10
Creating University Campuses with Wellbeing in Mind

 
  • Looking back at best practice examples and reflecting on the positives and negatives of the pandemic 
  • Building wellbeing into every curriculum and ensuring staff are supported
  • Equipping students with the resilience they need to manage the own mental health going into employment 
10:00 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

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Ross Renton Principal, ARU Peterborough

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10:10 - 10:20
Break

 

10:20 - 10:40
Supporting University Staff with their Mental Health

 
  • The importance of supporting staff with their mental health, now more than ever
  • Utilising the Mental Health at Work Commitment as a framework to take forward support for staff
  • Hear about Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot programme and how the universities involved are embedding the Commitment, providing practical ideas to take away and implement in your university. 
10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion

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Robyn Guillaume-Smith Senior Programme Officer - Mentally Healthy Universities, Mind

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10:40 - 11:05
The Mental Health Charter: A New Framework to Help Universities Thrive

 
  • Supporting students and staff in transitioning to a new learning environment and ensuring support services are accessible to all
  • Recognising and rewarding the right practice, and ensuring a consistent standard across all Universities
  • Planning for a sustainable future: how have mental health guidelines changed since the coronavirus pandemic?
10:55 - 11:05 Questions and Discussion

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Leigh Spanner Sector Improvement Lead

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11:05 - 11:30
Helping Students Stay Well in Uncertain Times

 
  •  Learn the wellbeing signs to watch out for, and how mental health and wellbeing might be adversely affected during and after the pandemic
  •   The indirect impact of Covid-19: Review how graduating in a recession impacts long term mental health and wellbeing, and how you can help reduce the impact
  •  Understand where to refer students with suicidal thinking or behaviours
  •  Be updated on how to help any student in distress in 3 first steps
11:20 - 11:30 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Dominique Thompson Author, GP, & Director, Buzz Consulting

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11:30 - 12:00
Embedding Mental Health into the Syllabus and Preparing Support for After the Pandemic

 
  • 5 steps to embed mental health in the curriculum: understanding the importance of inclusive pedagogy
  • Maximising student engagement with virtual support networks and giving students the choice of online or in-person sessions going forward
  • Continuing to critically examine university support networks during the pandemic and after
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Jonathan Rhodes Educational Developer, College of Learning and Teaching, University of Wolverhampton

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Lesley O'Keeffe Registrar, Brunel University London & AMOSSHE Executive Member

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12:00 - 12:10
Break

 

12:10 - 12:30
Supporting Students by Supporting Staff

 
  • How can the working relationship between staff and mental health organisations be improved to ensure an efficient handover of student care?
  • Establishing boundaries and clear levels of support in the context of digital learning
  • Improving peer support networks: What support is there for academics’ own mental health?
12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Christopher Tucker Director of Residence Life, The University of Edinburgh

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12:30 - 13:00
Adapting to new working conditions: Ensuring Already Marginalised Students get the Support they Need

 
  • Supporting disabled students adapting to new and challenging learning conditions
  • Recognising and tackling the mental health inequalities among LGBT+ students
  • Addressing the rise in mental health concerns among BAME students
  • How best to support the mental wellbeing of international students in the context of Covid-19
12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Anna Matthews Chair, UMHAN

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Mette Westander Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

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End

Speakers

Clare Dickens Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, University of Wolverhampton

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Robyn Guillaume-Smith Senior Programme Officer - Mentally Healthy Universities, Mind

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Anna Matthews Chair, UMHAN

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Keith McLay Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

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Kathryn Mitchell Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

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Lesley O'Keeffe Registrar, Brunel University London & AMOSSHE Executive Member

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Ross Renton Principal, ARU Peterborough

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Jonathan Rhodes Educational Developer, College of Learning and Teaching, University of Wolverhampton

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Hannah Robinson Academic Registrar, University of Derby

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Rianne Soleil Adult Nursing Masters Student, University of Wolverhampton

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Leigh Spanner Sector Improvement Lead

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Dr Dominique Thompson Author, GP, & Director, Buzz Consulting

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Christopher Tucker Director of Residence Life, The University of Edinburgh

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Mette Westander Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

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Venue details

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