• Time: 13:00 - 16:00
  • Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
  • Location: Seminar room 2, Clothworkers Building South
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Networking and staff groups
  • Open to: Staff only
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We aim to identify problems and develop solutions that address the social, cultural and academic aspects of student mental health and wellbeing by bringing together different disciplines and practices

The Cultural Institute and Dr Bridgette Bewick invite expressions of interest from colleagues interested in student mental health to contribute to a sandpit. This sandpit will bring together practitioners and researchers in the arts and humanities with practitioners and researchers from health and social sciences. By drawing on our differences in methodologies and values we will generate new insights into identifying problems and developing solutions that address the social, cultural, and academic aspects of student mental health and wellbeing. We will begin development of collaborative projects that can draw on the considerable funding opportunities available for interdisciplinary work on mental health and wellbeing.

Supporting positive student mental health and wellbeing is crucial if universities are to realise their potential as spaces that inspire students to achieve high quality learning outcomes and sustained personal development.

Addressing student mental health and wellbeing needs requires a holistic approach – including consideration of social, cultural, and academic practices.

This sandpit will enable us to collaboratively develop projects to harness the potential of arts and humanities to make sense of, and respond to, the current student mental health and wellbeing crisis in further and higher education.

If you’re interested to attend, please email culturalinstitute@leeds.ac.uk no later than 23:59 on 21 January 2020, briefly stating your area of interest or expertise, and the kind of work you are interested to develop. Places will be confirmed two weeks in advance of the event.

Please note that this event is open to both academic and professional staff. We are also working to ensure student experience is represented within this project.