Fundamental to a student’s experience at university is where they live and this can have a large impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Building on our existing work with the student accommodation sector, we’ll be working with Student.com to reach smaller landlords across the UK.
At Student Minds we want all student accommodation providers and landlords to understand their role in supporting students to thrive at university. Over the past few years we have been working with several accommodation providers to make this a reality. In 2017 we worked with UPP and Nottingham Trent University, to develop a training scheme for front-line staff, funded thanks to the UPP Foundation. We then publicly shared our learning in our Student Living report to equip the sector with recommendations for supporting student mental health and wellbeing. We have also worked with UNITE who sponsored University Mental Health Day 2018 and share student’s experiences of mental health difficulties to really highlight the student voice on their blog, to fundraising with CRM Students and GSA, to training staff members at GSA.
Through our new partnership with Student.com we will be influencing the approaches of smaller landlords across the UK. In the Autumn, we will be providing training in the form of an online webinar and an offline session hosted at Student.com’s office.
Luke Nolan, founder and CEO of Student.com commented “With Student Minds’ expertise and Student.com’s wide-reaching landlord network, we are confident that our partnership will help empower even more accommodation providers to prioritise student mental health. We chose Student Minds as our official charity partner because of their strong expertise and experience in student mental health, and we’re proud to support their work with a donation from Student.com.”
We are looking forward to seeing a real change in the sector. Rosie Tressler, CEO of Student Minds shared "It has been great to see a number of large student accommodation providers working to improve student mental health and using our ‘Student Living’ toolkit over the last few years, but we recognise the importance and reach of smaller landlords across the UK. Together, we need to work on preventing difficulties and ensuring students can thrive during their time at university. This partnership with Student.com will allow us to take an important step towards this goal.”