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Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group


The Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE) supports and promotes the mental health of higher education students and staff. 

Our aim is to increase collaboration between the different sectors, agencies and professional groups responsible for mental wellbeing in higher education.  

We recognise that this will be achieved through working closely with government bodies, NHS managers, educational institutions and mental health practitioners.  

We aim to be a reference point for university and external providers to influence policy on issues related to mental wellbeing in higher education. 

Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education: Good Practice Guide (2015)

By taking account of today's student requirements and the increasing diversity of higher education provision emerging across the UK's four nations, our 2015 guidance 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.

Our events

We host events offering advice and best practice for mental health and wellbeing professionals working in universities. For information on upcoming and past events visit the events section of the Universities UK website.

Current research

We are interested in working with other organisations or individuals on research projects of mutual interest. If you would like to discuss potential collaboration, please contact Dr Ruth Caleb, Chair of the working group.

Working group membership

Our members are drawn from organisations working directly with mental health and wellbeing in the higher education sector. 

We are supported by Universities UK.

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