The University of Leeds should sign up to the Student Minds Universities Mental Health Charter

Passed: May 2020 (12th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Student Minds, our on-campus partner charity, has recently released its Charter for Higher Education Institutions, providing an evidence-based framework for best practice around improving student mental health. It has the buy in from all the key sector bodies like the Office for Students and Universities UK and its award scheme will measure universities against best practice recommendations on everything from funding support services to embodying a whole-University approach. I’ve been working on getting the University to commit to a new building for counselling services so we can meet demand, reduce waiting lists, increase appointments from 4 to 6 and increase workshop provision, but promoting good University student mental health goes way beyond just the formal and reactive services. Officially signing up to the award scheme would demonstrate that the University does understand the need to keep striving towards improving Leeds’ whole-University approach and listening to loud and unchanging student feedback that we currently are not doing enough.

Expires: May 2020 (12th)

Submitted By: Amy Wells

Officer: Welfare / Education

Area of Work: Mental Health

Updates

August 2021: The list of Universities that have signed up to the Charter has been publicised. While the University of Leeds has not yet signed up to it, LUU will remain active in pushing the University in the area of student mental health, and on this policy. We acknowledge the significant level of student concern in this area, and encourage you to get in touch with the Political Engagement Team at LUU.PET@leeds.ac.uk if you have any concerns or questions you would like answering.

November 2020: Due to COVID, the Charter has been put on hold for the University to sign up to, but otherwise the University is completely ready to sign up to it.

May 2020: New Policy