5) Meeting the university challenge: How higher education and employers can collaborate to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and new graduates
- 13.50 - 15.50
With five times as many students as 10 years ago disclosing a mental health issue to their university, Vice Chancellors are being urged to make student wellbeing a strategic priority. Student mental health is also increasingly on the radar of employers, who want to ensure they attract, support and retain the next generation of talent entering the workforce.
This two-hour evidence-based workshop is an opportunity for universities and employers to share ideas about what is and isn't working when it comes to meeting the wellbeing needs of students and staff. It will also consider ways in which employers and universities can collaborate so that everybody benefits.
Hard-hitting case studies from universities that are proactively taking a preventative approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing:
How the right data and sophisticated algorithms are nurturing the relationships at the heart of good mental health
Prof. Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University
Preparing students for the challenges life and work will throw at them
Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich
Establishing an evaluation framework to embed mental health and wellbeing strategies across the whole organisation
Lesley O’Keeffe, Deputy Director, Academic and Student Services, Brunel University
Plus insights and discussion with Dame Carol Black, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England and former Principal Newnham College, John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK and Patrick Watt, Commercial Director, Bupa – Global & Leader, CMHA graduate mental health programme.