We are recruiting new members for our Student Advisory Committee.
As a national charity with an ambitious strategy for improving student mental health, we know how important it is to have students informing and leading on our work.
We believe that students are experts by experience and we want to help you use your voice at every level we operate at.
This is an opportunity for YOU to shape the work we do - from advising us on major strategic decisions, to giving feedback on our mental health programmes, to helping us improve our approaches to using student voice across our work.
No experience is required to apply for this role. However, experience of giving feedback, an understanding of confidentiality and a real passion for student mental health would be desirable.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from:
The Student Advisory Committee will meet four times over the next year. This may include a mixture of in-person meetings and digital conferencing meetings, depending on the capacity of the volunteers to travel and Student Minds to host.
Materials will be sent to members at least a week in advance of the meeting so they can prepare and contribute as much as possible.
We’d like to give you as much notice for the dates and times of the meetings, but please be aware these may be subject to change. Please hold the following dates and times for the meetings:
The Application Process
Applications will be open from 12pm on the 11th of October. Applications close at midnight on the 10th of November.
From there, applicants will be shortlisted and successful applicants will then be invited to a short phone interview to talk about the role and applicants’ interest further.
The application form is below. If you have any questions about the role, or the process, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear from a member from last year on their experience of the SAC...
Community & Wellbeing Sabbatical Officer at the University of York’s Students’ Union
Why did you choose to join the SAC?
Having been through almost all the NHS and University mental health services I have been incredibly driven to help make improvements to support other students experiencing similar issues. Having worked a little alongside Student Minds before via NUS, I knew they had a great reputation and I wanted to join them to be as involved as possible in helping shape student mental health on a wider scale than my current role allowed. The SAC was the perfect opportunity to do this!
What have you done over the past year as part of your role on the SAC?
We have examined the University Mental Health Charter, debated the use of technology in providing support for students with mental health needs, worked on accessibility and inclusion, and discussed transitions in and out of university and the best avenues for intersectional support. I've particularly focused on the intersectionality of our approaches and found working with SAC very rewarding on that front.
What do you find most enjoyable about being part of the SAC?
Being able to gather best practice from other institutions and gain deeper understandings of the variety of approaches to tackling the mental health crisis in HE. Everyone is so kind, engaging, and supportive and it feels like a very open and accepting environment to talk about those difficult subjects and find suitable solutions. Dom and Rosie have been fantastic!
What do you feel has been the benefit for you?
It has given me a far deeper understanding about the current MH policy landscape, as well as allowed me to understand how students, SUs, and Universities can affect this. I feel far more equipped to manage Mental Health related issues at my institution as a result of my SAC membership.