20 Tavistock Square
Student mental wellbeing: current priorities and future challenges is a one-day conference offered jointly by UUK and the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE). This event will enable you to review and refine current strategy or build new systems to support students within your institution to improve mental wellbeing.
• Find out about latest policy developments and best practice
• Walk away with actionable strategies to implement within your institution
• Network and exchange ideas with colleagues
Mental wellbeing is crucial to every student’s academic outcome and experience of university life. Higher education students are increasingly being put under a huge amount of pressure from their growing financial commitments, academic outcome and therefore future career. This conference will discuss how universities can provide the support students need and deserve, and provide you with the most pertinent and up to date information you need to shape institution's strategy.
John De Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK
Sir Simon Wessely, Chair, Psychological Medicine, King's College London
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England
Nancy Hey, Director, What Works Wellbeing
Paul Jenkins. Chief Executive Officer, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Paul Cundy, Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist, City and Hackney Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service
Medically unexplained symptoms as an expression of emotional distress. I will discuss psychotherapy with people with these difficulties, illustrated by case examples. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own experiences and for the workshop to discuss issues arising in their practice.
Rachel Piper, Policy Manager at Student Minds
Gareth Hughes, Research Lead for Student Wellbeing, University of Derby
This workshop will look at Student minds recent report on ‘The role of academics’. In this session you will discuss, what is the role of an academic is in relation to student mental health.
Cheryl Morgan, Director, The Diversity Trust
This workshop will give an introduction to transgender people from a scientific, social, medical and legal point of view. It will then look at specific issues faced by trans students, and how these might best be tackled.
Jackie Williams, NW Trainer and University Associate, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
This workshop will introduce and provide a forum for discussion, about the three main areas we are focusing on at present:
Keeping Mental Health in Mind: 6 e-learning modules for non-mental health specialist staff, who often may be the first port of call for a student in distress. The aim of these modules is to help staff feel more confident and aware when first meeting students in distress and develop key skills in signposting and supporting students. Aside from the modules themselves we have also created teaching packs to help teams integrate these modules into regular meetings.
Students Against Depression: our well established and popular website which supports students directly with information and real-life case studies, to consider and learn from.
Mental Health Partnership Initiative: A new initiative to work more strategically within specific universities, to develop a whole institution approach to Mental health developments.
Nicola Barden, Director of Student Service, University of Winchester
• Izzy Lenga, Vice President (Welfare), National Union of Students (NUS)
• Dominique Thompson, Director, Buzz Consulting
• Mandi Barron, Head of Student Services, Bournemouth University University of Bournemouth and AMOSSHE Executive member
Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, Mental Health Campaigners
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.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals. He is also past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
His doctorate is in epidemiology, and he has over 700 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others. He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry.
Professor Wessely is also President of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Professor Steve West took up the post of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England Bristol in 2008 at the age of 46.
Steve trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London and developed his research interests in Lower Limb Biomechanics and the Diabetic Foot at King’s College London. He worked as a clinician and clinical tutor in the NHS, University Sector and undertook research and consultancy in industry and the retail healthcare sectors.
He holds a number of national and international advisory appointments in Higher Education and in his discipline, healthcare policy and practice. He is Non-Executive Director for the Office for Students, Non-Executive Director for HEFCE, Board Member for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Chair of the UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group. He is also a member of both the Education and the Diversity Honours Committees.
He is Chair of the West of England LEP and Vice-Chair of the CBI South West. Steve is Chair of the Learning for and in Work Challenge Group and Board Member of the Learning City Partnership Board. He is Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) and Non-Executive Designate on United Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust Board.
Nancy Hey has set up the world’s first What Works Centre for Wellbeing that aims to understand what governments, business, communities and individuals can do to increase wellbeing. She is an experienced policy professional and coach who has worked with the UK’s top Civil Servants to introduce wellbeing into public policy. She has worked in nine government departments including on Constitutional Reform. She has degrees in law and in coaching & development and is passionate about learning having established the professional policy community in the UK.
She has two young daughters and a devotion to Southampton FC.
Paul Jenkins is the Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional disturbance and mental ill health, and to promoting mental health.
Paul was previously the Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, a leading national mental health membership charity working to help those affected by severe mental illness. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has over 20 years of experience in management and policy-making in the Central Government and the National Health Service (NHS). He has been involved in the implementation of a number of major national government initiatives and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 for his role in setting up NHS Direct. Paul is a member of the Board of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.
Rachel Piper is the Policy Manager at Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. She previously worked at UMHAN. Her work focuses on tackling inequalities in student mental health, through research, policy and working in collaboration with other organisations.Rachel authored the report: "Student Living: collaborating to support mental health in university accommodation". As part the Universities UK's Mental Health in Higher Education programme, she facilitates student engagement events, and published the Student Voices report.
Gareth Hughes is a psychotherapist and the Research Lead for Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby. His research interests focus on student mental wellbeing, student transition into university, academic anxiety and the relationship between wellbeing and learning. Gareth also teaches on Derby's psycho-education programme, is a tutor for the Human Givens College and a Fellow of the HEA.
Cheryl Morgan is a director of The Diversity Trust. She gives regular training courses on trans issues to a variety of clients around the South West, including the NHS, Avon & Somerset Police, and a variety of educational establishments. Cheryl is also a regular speaker at academic conferences on trans history and on the representation of trans people in literature. You can find her on Twitter as @CherylMorgan.
Mandi has over 15 years senior leadership experience in Higher Education and has held a number of different roles before being appointed to establish the new department of Student Services at Bournemouth University in 2013. At Bournemouth she has introduced an integrated approach to student support and wellbeing, bringing Professional Services, Faculties and the students’ union (SUBU) together in an effort to prevent students falling through the gaps. She has also developed a range of resources to support the staff who are supporting students.
A member of the University’s Leadership Team, she is sponsor/lead for a number of cross university projects and has strategic responsibility for all non-academic student services as well as student welfare and conduct.
Mandi is in her second term on the AMOSSHE Executive and represents AMOSSHE on the LFHE Prevent Reference Group and the UCEA Health & Safety Committee amongst others. She is also a member of the OIA’s Higher Education Advisory Panel (HEAP)
She holds a postgraduate qualification in Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.