Overview

20 Oct, 20209:00 am-1:00 pm21 Oct, 20209:00 am-1:10 pm
Online Conference

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.

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 adapt to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Expert sessions will assess how institutions can effectively identify and manage risk in students, the next steps in embedding co-production into service delivery and how mental health practitioners can evolve to meet student needs during the crisis.

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 mental health standards
  • 6 interactive breakout sessions to choose from exploring mental health throughout the student lifecycle
  • An assessment of how higher education mental health services are responding to the Covid-19 crisis
  • 15 expert speakers and practitioners sharing leading updates and insights from innovative mental health projects across the sector

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

Key Speakers

Michelle Donelan MP photo
Michelle Donelan MP
Minister of State for Universities
Department for Education (DfE)
Amy Norton photo
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion,
Office for Students (OfS)
Jayne Aldridge photo
Jayne Aldridge
Director for the Student Experience
University of Sussex
Peter Francis photo
Peter Francis
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Northumbria University
Rosie Tressler OBE photo
Rosie Tressler OBE
CEO
Student Minds
Dr Nicola Byrom photo
Dr Nicola Byrom
Network Leader
SMaRteN

Other Speakers

Cate Neal photo
Cate Neal
Project Manager – OfS Mental Health Project
University of Lincoln
Parmjit Dhugga photo
Parmjit Dhugga
Chair, Mental Health & Wellbeing Working Group
UK Council for Graduate Education
Doug Little photo
Doug Little
Project Manager – International Student Mental Health
University of Nottingham
Dr Katharine Rimes photo
Dr Katharine Rimes
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research Group Lead
King’s College London
Jane Harris photo
Jane Harris
Assistant Head of Student Support, (Counselling and Wellbeing)
University of Leeds
Veronica Moore photo
Veronica Moore
Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity
Loughborough University
Sara Gallagher photo
Sara Gallagher
Head of Student Wellbeing
Bath Spa University
Toby Chelms photo
Toby Chelms
Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Manager
Leeds Trinity University
Dr Thomas Curran photo
Dr Thomas Curran
Assistant Professor and Specialist in Perfectionism, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
London School of Economics (LSE)
Dr Joanne Worsley photo
Dr Joanne Worsley
Researcher in Loneliness in Student Populations
University of Liverpool
Alison Barty photo
Alison Barty
Senior Student Counsellor
SOAS, University of London

Agenda

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

*Please note to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, this Conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn
Student Services Centre Manager
Nottingham Trent University
Invited
Special Ministerial Address

*Session timing to be confirmed

Michelle Donelan MP
Michelle Donelan MP
Minister of State for Universities
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
9:40 am
An OfS Update: Driving Sector Wide Standards on Mental Health Provision
  • Examining the priorities of the OfS in supporting institutions to enhance the impact of mental health services
  • Exploring how the sector has adapted its mental health provision to reflect the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Assessing how the OfS is working to identify and act on systemic gaps in student support and mental health interventions
  • Analysing the distinct challenges facing 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
Panel Discussion: Student Mental Health and Covid-19 - Adjusting to the “New Normal”
  • Exploring the mental health challenges facing students as a result of social distancing and remote learning
  • Understanding the needs of vulnerable students during the pandemic and the impact of restrictions on their engagement with studies
  • Assessing solutions in identifying new students at risk and delivering effective interventions remotely
  • Examining what the future of student mental health provision will look like as institutions adjust to the “new normal”
Sara Gallagher
Sara Gallagher
Head of Student Wellbeing
Bath Spa University
Confirmed
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
11:00 am
Break and Networking Groups
11:20 am
Breakout Discussions: Managing Mental Health throughout the Student Lifecycle

This interactive session, led by leading mental health practitioners and experts, will allow you to engage in some of the core practical challenges faced during the student lifecycle.

You will be able to choose 2 workshops to participate in during this session.

Breakout A: Managing Stress, Anxiety and Perfectionism

Led by Dr Thomas Curran, Assistant Professor and Specialist in Perfectionism, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics (LSE) (CONFIRMED)

Breakout B: Challenging Mental Blocks and Procrastination

Led by Alison Barty, Senior Student Counsellor, SOAS, University of London (CONFIRMED)

Breakout C: Overcoming Loneliness and Isolation

Led by Dr Joanne Worsley, Researcher in Loneliness in Student Populations, University of Liverpool (CONFIRMED)

12:20 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
12:50 pm
Chair's Day 1 Summary
9:00 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

* Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn
Student Services Centre Manager
Nottingham Trent University
Invited
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
Peter Francis
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 and Networking Groups
11:00 am
Breakout Workshops: Designing Targeted Interventions for High Risk Groups

With many students facing distinct mental health challenges, this workshop will assess how student services can design and deliver evidence-based interventions.

You will be able to choose 2 workshops to participate in during this session.

Workshop A: Postgraduates

Led by Parmjit Dhugga, Chair, Mental Health & Wellbeing Working Group, UK Council for Graduate Education (CONFIRMED)

Workshop B: LGBTQ+

Led by Dr Katharine Rimes, LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research Group Lead, King’s College London (CONFIRMED)

Workshop C: International Students

Led by Doug Little, Project Manager – International Student Mental Health, University of Nottingham (CONFIRMED)

12:20 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
12:50 pm
Co-Producing Mental Health Services through Student Engagement
Dr Nicola Byrom
Dr Nicola Byrom
Network Leader
SMaRteN
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Chair's Summary - Day 2

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