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The Importance of Supporting Student Transitions in Higher Education

Transitioning to university can be challenging to many students, causing anxiety and having a negative impact on their mental health. Elliott Newstead is Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach at the University of Leicester, in this post he discusses the importance of supporting student transitions in higher education and the many ways universities can learn from each other to improve transition services.

Student Mental Health: Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive Campus for LGBTQ+ Students

Research has showed that LGBTQ+ students in HE are significantly more likely to experience depression or anxiety whilst at university than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. We heard from Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham about the programmes they developed to support the wellbeing of their LGBTQ+ students.

Student Mental Health: Enhancing Transitional Student Wellbeing with a Digital Peer-To-Peer Approach

The University of Lincoln has worked hard to produce digital wellbeing resources for their students, including podcasts and online workshops. We heard from Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life at the University of Lincoln who discussed the digital wellbeing strategy of the university, and how they overcame challenges during the development process.

Student Mental Health: The Latest Government Policy in Improving Student Mental Health

The Government has allocated £13 million to bridge the gap between children’s and adult mental health services to support HE students and young adults. We heard from the Minister of State for Universities at the Department for Education, Michelle Donelan MP about the latest government initiative for supporting the wellbeing of students across the UK.