Mental Health in Universities: Developing a New Approach to Outcomes for Students

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kate McAlister, Head of Student Welfare and Safeguarding, Office for Students
  • Dr Bridgette Bewick, Associate Professor in Psychological Health and Wellbeing, University of Leeds
  • Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Counselling & Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology at the School of Health and Society, University of Salford
  • Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall PhD, Experienced Senior Leader and Manager in HE, Professor, Psychologist
  • Clare Bradshaw, Executive Manager, Unihealth
  • Fianna Pacheco, University Counsellor, University College Birmingham
  • Diana Bass, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Student Counsellor, King’s College London
  • Ilyas Nagdee, Black Students Officer, NUS (Chair)


Mental health issues among students are a fundamental barrier to success. UUK revealed a fivefold rise in students disclosing a mental health condition over the past decade. HEIs need to work with health services, charities and new government initiatives to ensure no student’s success is stifled by their mental health.

Join Westminster Briefing to examine the current policy landscape. Explore how your university can secure funding from the new OfS Challenge Competition and best practice in providing support for students. 

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • HEIs’ responsibilities for student mental health & wellbeing
  • OfS Challenge Competition: achieving a step change in mental health outcomes for all students 
  • Achieving the UUK’s aim to adopt a whole-university approach to mental health
  • Meeting the demand for and costs of student support services
  • Innovative and collaborative approaches: improving mental health services in your university
  • Preventing suicide on campus

The Event:

The morning session will focus on current policies and programmes in place to help universities support their student body with mental health issues, including a full update on new OfS initiatives.

The afternoon session will examine how leading universities are tackling drop-out rates, student suicide numbers and the growing cost of mental health support services.  

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in supporting students with their mental health, including but not limited to: Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Heads/Directors of Student Welfare/Support, Mental Health Teams, Safeguarding Officers, Student Counselling Services, Disability Advisors, Access Officers, Registrars, Students' Unions, Mental Health Charities, NHS Trusts & local government partners.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

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Wednesday 27th February 2019


11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Prices above exclude VAT


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