January 10, 2019

Whatever your role - whether you work in a university, a students' union or a student accommodation provider - we'd love to hear what you think about the idea of student support-themed webinars.

We have been thinking that, as colleagues across the sector who manage student-facing directorates and teams, you might appreciate the chance to get together occasionally for an hour online to hear about and offer your thoughts on a challenging topic....

December 4, 2018

A response to today's article (4th December 2018) in The Telegraph: "Education Secretary backs system to flag university students' mental health problems to parents"



As I read yet another article about a politician making pronouncements about the need for universities to notify families when a student is struggling, I can't help but feel that politicians and the media are - for their own ends - doing all the running on this issue.

It is...

November 7, 2018

I left Wonkhe's excellent Wonkfest conference yesterday with one of the many interesting discussions ("Crisis, what crisis? Is student mental health really a "no brainer"?) uppermost in my mind.

All panel members in the debate seemed to reject, or at least feel uncomfortable with, the notion that we are facing a crisis in student mental health. I instinctively agreed, but had not yet pinned down in my own mind why it felt important to re...

October 30, 2018

A response to Dominique Thompson's TEDx talk at TEDxBath - "What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students"

If you haven't already seen it, this TEDx talk from Dominique Thompson, published on YouTube earlier this week, has a vital message about our overly-competitive society and the effects on student mental health. 

Its two central pieces of advice – to share our failures and reduce competition – are timely for universit...

October 3, 2018

It’s fantastic to welcome Julie Rea, who joins us as Specialist Consultant and Trainer at Plinth House. 

Julie has twenty years' experience in delivering and managing mental health support services. You can read more about Julie's background here.

With Julie on board, Plinth House is providing mental health consultancy and training to the higher education sector and beyond. More info about our training courses is available here

July 6, 2018

As part of my interim role at King's College London, it has been a pleasure to lead a project to design our new student support services hub.  We open the doors to students next Monday, but below, or here on Flickr, is a chance to see some photos before we open!

The space covers two floors of the South East Wing of the iconic Bush House building.  Bush House is the former home of the BBC World Service, sitting at the heart of L...

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