Assistant Director Student Services (Wellbeing & Partnerships), Student Wellbeing Services University of Birmingham
Drew is the Assistant Director Student Services (Wellbeing & Partnerships) at the University of Birmingham. The university uses a range of interventions including one-to-one support, workshops, and online resources, and offer a practical approach to coping with common issues faced by students, for example: stress and anxiety management, confidence building, and time/task management. It also provides short-term professional, confidential counselling – face-to-face and online – for students who are experiencing emotional or psychological problems whilst at university and run group workshops on topics such as Eating Issues, Bereavement, LGBT Support, and others.
The university also has a community development strategy in place in order to engage departments across the institution in building a network of partners in the University’s ‘Wellbeing Network’, responding to the needs of the student community at the earliest possible opportunity to improve quality of life and empowering both staff and students to think more creatively about mental health and wellbeing.
Drew will be joining us to speak on wellbeing through community development and intersectional approaches to student mental health.
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From 14:10 To 15:15
03/25/2022 14:10 03/25/2022 15:15 Case studies on reinventing the student experience Join us in The Auditorium for a series of case studies exploring every part of the student experience. Our speakers come from a range of different universities across the UK and will be tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.
Case Study 1 | Ensuring good student wellbeing is an essential factor in providing an excellent student experience at university. In this presentation, Drew Linforth from the University of Birmingham explores how his team improved student wellbeing through community development, connecting with third sector organisations, social marketing and intersectional understandings of wellbeing.
Case Study 2 | A first class degree is no longer the only thing students look for from a university. In this case study, Dr Pathik Pathak from the University of Southampton explores how his university has utilised co-curricula offerings to help students develop a stronger portfolio of transferable skills, think more deeply about their career aspirations and feel a greater sense of purpose during their studies.
Case Study 3 | Accessibility should be a top priority for universities in order to offer a truly personalised experience. In this session, Kevin Merry from De Montfort University presents his work on universal design for learning and the importance of keeping SEND in mind throughout learning design.
Themes: Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing ExCeL London
|Dr Kevin Merry Dr Pathik Pathak Drew Linforth|
From 14:10 To 15:15