Education

£6 Million Funding Boost To Student Mental Health Services

Recently the office for students (OfS), announced that 18 projects at different universities and colleges will receive a funding boost as part of a £6 million project.

The £6 million funding comprises of £1 million from the Department of Health and Social Care, £2 million from the Department for Education and £3 million from other universities, colleges and partner organisations taking part in this programme.

18 projects were successful in receiving funding. They are:

  1. ACM Guildford: Many Hands Project.
  2. The City of Liverpool College: Higher Education Social Prescribing (HESP).
  3. De Montfort University: Building Bridges to Wellbeing.
  4. Coventry University: Mental Health: resources for hard-to-reach student groups
  5. London South Bank University: Proactive and Preventative Interventions for Black Students at LSBU.
  6. Newcastle College University Centre (NCUC): Mental Health & Wellbeing Digital: Striving to improve the mental health of commuter students from low socioeconomic backgrounds through digital innovation.
  7. St Mary’s University Twickenham: Mind the Gaps! First in family students and students without family support: managing transitions and mental health
  8. The Open University: Positive digital practice: a holistic approach to wellbeing for part-time, commuter and distance learning students.
  9. University College London (UCL): Translating Insights Into Action (TRANSACT): Improving mental health outcomes and pathways by accelerating peer support
  10. University of Bradford: Digital solutions to cultural barriers to accessing mental health support for South Asian students.
  11. University of Bristol: Supporting the mental health of autistic students
  12. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan): Creative Mental Health Framework: Reducing mental health stigma for the LGBT+ community.
  13. University of Chester: A strategic approach to mental health support for students with autism spectrum condition (ASC).
  14. University of Liverpool: Collaborative immersive remote clinical undergraduate support (CIRCUS).
  15. University of Roehampton: Care Leavers Access, Support and Success (CLASS).
  16. University of West London: Racial and cultural competence: digitally innovative co-produced and co-delivered interventions to support the mental health of BAME students.
  17. University of Westminster: UniVRse: Co-developing, evaluating and implementing a virtual reality intervention for first-generation university students with social anxiety.
  18. University of Wolverhampton: PACE: A co-explored and co-created solution to address the mental health difficulties of students who undertake placement learning.

The 18 projects will begin this summer and will complete in September, aiming to provide short term support to those involved and provide developments to support good practice elsewhere.

The director for fair access and participation at the Office for Students said this in support of the funding of these projects:

“That’s why this funding of targeted interventions for student mental health is so important. By paying attention to the diverse needs of students, universities and colleges can fine-tune the support they offer and ensure that all students, regardless of where they are from, have the best chance possible to succeed”

For more details about each project visit the Office for Students here.

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