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In the wake of Covid-19, universities find themselves in unchartered territory in lots of ways. Traditional student support no longer exists, campus life doesn't exist, and most university staff find themselves working from home indefinitely. Universities UK has launched the #WeAreTogether campaign to highlight ways how the higher education community has come together to support students, staff, and the country in these trying times.
This free webinar will explore how universities can come together to support the mental health of their students and staff amidst Covid-19. From online community-building to creating flexible and responsive online support structures, this webinar will help you craft ideas and strategies you can implement immediately at your institution. The event will be chaired by John de Pury, Assistant Director at Universities UK. Topics and speakers include:
What do we know about the impact of Covid-19 on staff and students?
Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor, University College London
Dr Nicola Byrom, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Kings College London
Research in some areas has taken a diversion over the last few months, with the need to understand the various impacts of Covid-19 taking precedent. Dr Nicola Byrom presents initial findings of the impact of Covid-19 on Doctoral and Research students and Dr Daisy Fancourt will discuss the on-going study ‘Understanding the social and psychological impact of the pandemic’, sharing what results have been discovered in real-time.
Student response to Covid-19
Leigh Spanner, Sector Improvement Lead, Student Minds
Claire Sosienski Smith, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students
Given what we know about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health in students and staff, our panellists will discuss the strategic response that has been seen across the sector so far and what universities can do to ensure that these strategies exist and are implemented to combat issues and safeguard students in the future.
Innovative approaches for student support
Jayne Aldridge, Chair, AMOSSHE and Director of Student Experience, University of Sussex
Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University
Steph Evans, Chief Operating Officer, Big White Wall
Now that traditional ‘on campus’ student support services do not exist, how have universities adapted and continue to adapt to support the wellbeing of their students? Providing support from a distance, universities will be either making more of their online provision or will have had to move their services online completely. This session will share some of the innovative approaches that have been used and provide some practical tips for you to ‘take-home’.
This conference will be useful for all university staff thinking about developing, renewing, or implementing their mental health strategies. Anyone with an interest in this subject area is welcome to attend. Some job titles who may find the event particular useful are:
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John de Pury is Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK. John currently leads policy programmes on HE Innovation and Health and directs the UUK Health Research Networks.
Prior to this, he led the Research and Innovation desk at NHS Confederation. He has a background in health, higher education and arts policy and infrastructure in the UK and East, South East and Central Asia.
John has a first degree from Oxford and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Nicola Byrom joined KCL in 2016 to support the developing BSc Psychology programme. She has two primary areas of research expertise and interest; learning theory and student mental health. Nicola founded Student Minds, with the ambition of changing the way we talk about mental health in Higher Education. Today Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity and has been instrumental in developing a whole-university approach to mental health and implementing a University Mental Health Charter