After the great success of last years, conference, our annual event is specifically aimed at Mental Health and Mental Health Mentors working in Higher Educational Institutions. The work of these professionals is unique within HEIs as they focus on strategies and inclusive learning that enables the students, frequently those with highly complex needs to access and participate with their academic course of study as fully as possible. The support received enhances the students’ experiences at university and college, increasing their chances of academic success, and adds value to the institutions’ provision, results and retention. With the student experience being pivotal to all our work, the conference will focus on:
- Raising awareness, reflecting and sharing best practice
- One year on, how is our practice developing? Understanding our roles and
responsibilities to a greater extent
- Joined-up and collaborative working
- Barriers to change – institutionally, organizationally and individually
- Evolving landscape - DSA changes and next steps
As per last year’s event, we aim for participants to take away action points, which can be implemented into their institutional setting. The conference will continue to bring together professionals in the field working with disabled students with long term mental health conditions to:
- Disseminate and discuss current research
- Highlight and share best practice
- Understand the latest relevant changes and how we are all adapting
- Offer CPD opportunities for participants
Participants will have the opportunity to network with other professionals working in the field. It is also intended that the conference will be a catalyst to begin to develop national community of mental health advisers and mentors that would further raise moral and professional standing.
Who is the conference open to?
1. Mental Health Advisers within disability/student services departments whose main role is organising and supporting implementation of adjustments for individual students and promoting an inclusive Learning and Teaching agenda to enable students to fully engage with their courses.
2. Mental Health Mentors who are individually providing support to students.
3. This conference is also open to Heads of Service.
Call for Papers
The delegate fee covers the whole day conference, lunch and a drink after the event: £150.
BOOKING YOUR PLACE
To book a place please got to the UMAC website on: umac.org.uk
Information about travel and staying over will be sent out once people have
confirmed their place