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...

August 1, 2017

The concept of triage is central to any effective student mental health support service.  The idea is simple, but far from universally adopted. 

When talking to colleagues in university counselling teams, I often pick up on their sense that counselling might be under siege from university senior managers, as though colleagues are scanning for opportunities to cut or weaken these services. 

Our colleagues can misunderstand our counselling...

July 25, 2017

Across the sector, we face a serious challenge to fund disability support effectively, particularly in light of cuts introduced over the past two years to Disabled Student’s Allowances (DSA) funding. 

These cuts hit universities harder each year, as new intakes come in on the new funding regime.  And, at the same time as these cuts challenge our budgets, we see students' expectations about the quality of the support they receive continuing to...

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