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Student and staff health and wellbeing

Half of all school leavers are now going to university. This is a significant number of young people, with potential vulnerabilities due to their age and the challenges of moving from home to independent living. Good mental health will help these students to fulfil their individual potential and bring wider benefits to our society and economy.

Universities UK has established a programme of work on mental health in higher education to ensure that wellbeing and mental health are a strategic priority for universities. Two principles inform this work:

  • ​​​We all have mental health, well or unwell.
  • A whole university approach to wellbeing is needed.

 We are working in partnership with Public Health England, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, expert voices from student services and activist charities such as Student Minds. The programme will:

  • ​make the case for a strategic approach to wellbeing and mental health
  • support the spread of good practice
  • agree guidelines for the co-commissioning and provision of university and statutory services

The programme was launched in December 2016, reporting in autumn​​ 2017.

It builds on our previous work on mental health in universities, including UUK's Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide​.

Our standing Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group​ was established in 2002. We co-produce an annual conference with the group.

For more information on this work, please contact Universities UK's enquiries service


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John de Pury

John de Pury

Assistant Director
Universities UK

Kristen Hindes

Kristen Hindes

Executive Assistant
Universities UK

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Policy Officer (Mental Health)
Universities UK