Overview

20 Oct, 20209:00 am-1:00 pm21 Oct, 20209:00 am-1:10 pm
Online Conference
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The Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum 2020 will explore the latest insights and innovation from across the higher education sector as all institutions seek to adapt to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Responding to the Covid-19 Mental Health Crisis

The Student Mental Health and Welbeing Forum will run as an online conference taking place across the mornings of 20th and 21st October 2020. Join us to hear from 15+ expert speakers and practitioners across 2 days.


The Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum 2020 will explore the latest insights and innovation from across the higher education sector as all institutions seek to deliver an urgent response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Expert sessions will explore how universities can support mental health provision for students in lockdown and facing anxiety, depression and loneliness as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

What to Expect

  • A Ministerial Address from Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities
  • A national update from the Office for Students (OfS) on delivering mental health services during the crisis
  • Leading insights on how institutions are delivering an urgent mental health response for students in lockdown and isolated as result of remote learning
  • Expert guidance on delivering mental health services throughout the student lifecycle amid Covid-19 restrictions
  • 15 expert speakers and practitioners sharing leading updates and insights from innovative mental health projects across the sector

An Online and Interactive Format

  • A 2 day Conference delivered via an interactive online platform
  • Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
  • Speaker sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
  • Live interaction tools and break out rooms
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources and networking follow ups

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR NEW ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Online Experience

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

Key Speakers

Jayne Aldridge photo
Jayne Aldridge
Director for the Student Experience
University of Sussex
Sally Olohan MBE photo
Sally Olohan MBE
Head of Student Support and Residential Life
University of Westminster

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 20 October
  • Day 2 - 21 October
9:00 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:25 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Mental Health Services in the Covid-19 Era
Sally Olohan MBE
Sally Olohan MBE
Head of Student Support and Residential Life
University of Westminster
Confirmed
9:40 am
Responding to Covid-19: Enhancing Student Mental Health Provision in a Pandemic
  • Examining the priorities of the OfS in supporting institutions to enhance the impact of mental health services during Covid-19 and beyond
  • Evaluating the mental health challenges facing students during the crisis and assessing how institutions are adapting provision in response
  • Assessing how the OfS is working to identify and act on systemic gaps in student support and mental health interventions
  • Analysing the next steps for the sector in supporting the mental health of new students entering higher education in 2020/21
Amy Norton
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion,
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Lockdown, Isolation and Covid Restrictions: Delivering an Urgent Mental Health Response during Covid-19
  • Exploring the mental health risks facing new and existing students as a result of remote learning and Covid-19 restrictions
  • Assessing how institutions can overcome the challenges of loneliness, anxiety and depression for students in self-isolation or struggling to adapt to a “new normal” in university life
  • Examining solutions in identifying vulnerable students and supporting effective interventions for students most at risk
  • Evaluating how to deliver high impact mental health support remotely and how service leaders can continue to have an impact on students in isolation or lockdown
  • Discussing what the future of student mental health provision will look after the Covid-19 pandemic and how provision will evolve
Toby Chelms
Toby Chelms
Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Manager
Leeds Trinity University
Confirmed
Jane Harris
Jane Harris
Assistant Head of Student Support, (Counselling and Wellbeing)
University of Leeds
Confirmed
Julia Haas
Julia Haas
Student Wellbeing and Welfare Manager
King's College London Students Union
Confirmed
Sarah Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Senior Mental Health Advisor
University of the Arts London
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Covid-19 and the Student Lifecyle: Designing Targetted Support for Students in Crisis

With the emergence of local lockdowns, students facing self-isolation and many having to adapt to a socially-distanced university experience, mental health risks are growing for higher education students.

These sessions will explore leading insights on specific mental health challenges and how service leaders may respond.

Session A: Stress, Anxiety and Perfectionism

Session B: Mental Health Blocks and Procrastination

Session C: Loneliness and Isolation 

Dr Thomas Curran
Dr Thomas Curran
Assistant Professor and Specialist in Perfectionism, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
London School of Economics (LSE)
Confirmed
Alison Barty
Alison Barty
Senior Student Counsellor
SOAS, University of London
Confirmed
Dr Joanne Worsley
Dr Joanne Worsley
Researcher in Loneliness in Student Populations
University of Liverpool
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:30 pm
Case Study: Transforming Mental Health Service Provision during the Pandemic

Gain lessons learnt and practical insights on how the University of Sussex has transformed its mental health service delivery during the crisis

  • Implementing a targeted support programme for the most vulnerable students with virtual drop ins, counselling and check-ins for students at high risk
  • Mapping risk across the student cohort to ensure timely interventions can be delivered
  • Delivering tailored mentoring to ensure students facing mental health issues are able to engage with their learning virtually
  • Designing a “Caring for you” programme offering virtual activities, socials and guidance on psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing
Jayne Aldridge
Jayne Aldridge
Director for the Student Experience
University of Sussex
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Day 1 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 1 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:25 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Doug Little
Doug Little
Project Manager – International Student Mental Health
University of Nottingham
Confirmed
9:40 am
Case Study: Harnessing Data Analytics to Inform Mental Health Interventions
  • Examining the development of a new early intervention system in which data analytics supports the identification of students facing crisis
  • Working to prevent student suicides with the design of an early alert tool driven by a range of data sources including social media indicators
  • Integrating external data sources with internal information on progression, attendance and facility usage to develop a broader picture of a student’s mental health
  • Assessing how mental health services are able to tailor their interventions and support services to reflect the needs identified by the alert tool
Professor Peter Francis
Professor Peter Francis
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Northumbria University
Confirmed
10:10 am
Case Study: Supporting the Mental Health of Students Transitioning to University Life
  • Designing a student-led peer to peer approach for supporting the mental health of students transitioning from school to university
  • Creating a series of digital platforms and resources to be integrated into school outreach activities and within first year curriculums
  • Forming a cross-sector collaboration to co-design processes for supporting a self-sufficient approach which enables students to support each other’s mental health
  • Sharing core findings on challenges facing students transitioning to student life and how the student-led approach can deliver solutions
Cate Neal
Cate Neal
Project Manager – OfS Mental Health Project
University of Lincoln
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:00 am
Designing Targeted Interventions for High Risk Groups: Sexual Minority students
Dr Katharine Rimes
Dr Katharine Rimes
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research Group Lead
King’s College London
Confirmed
11:20 am
Designing Targeted Interventions for High Risk Groups: Postgraduates
Parmjit Dhugga
Parmjit Dhugga
Chair, Mental Health & Wellbeing Working Group
UK Council for Graduate Education
Confirmed
11:40 am
Designing Targeted Interventions for High Risk Groups: International Students
Doug Little
Doug Little
Project Manager – International Student Mental Health
University of Nottingham
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:20 pm
Co-Producing Mental Health Services through Student Engagement
Dr Nicola Byrom
Dr Nicola Byrom
Network Leader
SMaRteN
Confirmed
12:40 pm
The Student Mental Health Charter: Designing your Institution-Wide Strategy
  • Examining the principles of the Student Mental Health Charter and how the sector can move beyond the individual intervention
  • Making the transition from a services only approach to a proactive preventative model for delivery
  • Assessing what it means to deliver an institution-wide approach within daily practices and cultures
Rosie Tressler OBE
Rosie Tressler OBE
CEO
Student Minds
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Day 2 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 2 concludes at 1:10pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Student Support
  • Heads of Student Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Heads of Counselling
  • Heads of Student Housing
  • Directors of Student Services
  • Directors of Student Life
  • Directors of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Associate Directors of Student Services
  • Mental Health Coordinators
  • Student Experience Managers
  • Student Service Managers
  • Student Wellbeing Officers

Pricing

  • Online Conference Rate (Public & Voluntary Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Private Sector)
    £395 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk