Creating the University Mental Health Charter
Student Minds announces the development of the University Mental Health Charter, with support from the Universities Minister.
The Charter team were recruited and we appointed a Steering Group of leading higher education bodies.
Meet the Steering Group
John De Pury , Gedminte Mikulenaite & Amy Dicks (UUK); Kate McAllister, Lucy Ryder, Emma Douthwaite & Jessica Trahar (Office for Students); Richard Stewart & Fleur Priest-Stephens (NUS); Dominic Kingaby & Sophie Lambert (Dept. for Education); Jayne Aldridge (AMOSSHE); Richard Brabner & Paul Marshall (UPP Foundation); Nicola Byrom & Laura Beswick (Smarten)
We travelled to university campuses across the UK, bringing together students, students’ unions, university staff and senior leaders as part of the University Mental Health Charter Road Trip. We spoke to 360 students and staff from around 181 diverse universities and organisations in all four countries, and an incredible 2274 staff and students shared their thoughts and ideas in our online surveys. Read about the road trip and online surveys here.
Our incredible team of experienced researchers analysed over 110 hours worth of data.
Meet the Researchers
Emma Jones, Liz Brewster, Penny Rawson, Samantha Ahern, Joanne Smith, Angela Hall, Sarah Fishburn, Victoria White, Claire O'Donnell, Aimee O'Neill, Susan Wilbraham, Samantha Child, Heather Girling, Eilidh Cage, Michael Priestley, Michael Fay, Jackie Hargreaves, Richard Watermeyer, Virendra Mistry, Isabel Wood, Emma Broglia, Gemma Ryan and Charlie Duncan.
We ran additional focus groups to hear more from black and male students who often go unheard in mental health research. We convened expert panels of researchers, practitioners, students, organisations, leaders, union representatives and\or policy-makers from across the sector to provide insight from their experiences and/or expertise on particular themes.
We then drafted the Charter framework document and arranged for it to be peer reviewed by a range of academic, clinical and research experts. The final document was then redrafted based on their feedback.
The University Mental Health Charter is published!
The Charter is just the first step towards serious cultural change in our universities. Next year we will pilot the Award Scheme and provide more opportunities for staff and students to promote positive mental health and wellbeing at their university. Find out more here.