The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the daily lives of everyone in the UK. The impact of the virus is widespread; however, the impact of current social distancing and self-isolation requirements can be particularly difficult and detrimental for individuals from marginalised or disadvantaged groups.
This series of webinars by UUK will shine a spotlight on the immediate and longer-term impacts of Covid-19 on the safety, health and wellbeing of students and staff in HE. We will be looking to understand and respond to the unequal impacts experienced by different groups in higher education.
We will offer a strategic insight and a practical response to facilitate universities in developing effective interventions and actions required in this rapidly evolving situation. There will be an opportunity to explore the needs of students and staff post-lockdown and preparations for the next academic year.
We have more webinars in the pipeline, and we will continue adding details to this page.
The webinars are informal and will take place over Microsoft Teams with a maximum capacity of 250 attendees, because of this we are asking for one attendee per organisation.
If you sign up after we have reached capacity, we will share the webinar recording with you.
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Wednesday 10 June, 11:00am-12:00pm
Disabled students and staff members
Friday 12 June 2020, 10:00am-11:00am
In this webinar we will discuss the challenges faced by disabled students and staff members in higher education during the pandemic and look for examples of good practice in support that should be embedded longer term, encouraging a growth mindset. We will also look ahead to the next academic year and consider the risks for current disabled students in retention, for those graduating into economic crisis and new students looking for a sense of belonging.
Chaired by: Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton and Chair of the Disabled Students’ Commission.
With expert guests:
Piers Wilkinson, Former Disabled Students' Officer, NUS
Amy Low, Service Delivery Director, AbilityNet
This webinar has now concluded.
Care experienced and estranged students
Tuesday 16 June 2020, 2:00pm-3:00pm
In this webinar we will discuss the different experiences and challenges for care experienced and estranged students during the pandemic and the approaches necessary to ensure these students can thrive and continue their studies and remain supported as, and after, they graduate.
Chaired by: Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester.
Susan Muellor, Project Director, Stand Alone
Sam Turner, Policy and Participation Manager, Become
Monday 22 June, 2:00pm-3:00pm
This webinar has the following objectives: 1) To raise awareness of the increase in online harassment during COVID-19, 2) to explore what steps universities can take to respond to this 3) explore whether there is a role for UUK to do more to support universities and students as increasingly university services are moved online for the foreseeable future.
Chaired by: Professor Graham Towl, Acting Principal and Professor of Forensic Psychology, University College, Durham University
With expert speakers:
Professor Emma Bond, Director of Research & Head of Graduate School, Professor of Socio-Technical Research, University of Suffolk
Dr Craig Haslop, Senior Lecturer in Media Department of Communication and Media, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool
Dr Fiona O’Rourke, Research Associate, University of Liverpool
Professor Andy Phippen, Professor of Digital Rights, Bournemouth University
Professor Emma Short, Reader in Cyber Psychology, Director, National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR), University of Bedfordshire
This webinar has now closed for bookings.
Supporting the mental wellbeing of healthcare students
Thursday 16 July 2020, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Student mental wellbeing is an issue of critical importance to universities. In this webinar we will discuss the particular challenges faced by healthcare students and how they have been affected by the pandemic. We will look ahead to the next academic year and consider the challenges faced by healthcare students including retention and the effect of a potential second peak. We will also consider examples of good practice and wellbeing initiatives for supporting healthcare students across the longer term.
This webinar is organised by Universities UK and Council of Deans of Health.
Chaired by: Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health), University of Cumbria
Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Pro Vice Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University
Professor Nigel Harrison, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean for Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Teresa Hewitt Moran, Senior Programme Lead, NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission, NHS Health Education England (invited)
Representative from the Royal College of Nursing Students (invited)
Loss & bereavement
Date and details to be confirmed.
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Isolation and loneliness
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