New funding to support student mental health

On 5 March 2020 the OfS has recently launched a competition to improve support for students with mental health totalling £1million. The funding has been provided by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and aims to strengthen links between the health and higher education sectors. It follows an existing £14.5 million mental health funding programme launched by the OfS in 2019.

Through the competition, the OfS is inviting higher education providers to develop and implement projects which provide innovative approaches to improving mental health outcomes for students. All bids must address one of the following priorities:

  • providing targeted support for groups of students with characteristics identified as increasing the risk of poor mental health – for example ethnicity and socioeconomic background
  • groups of students who may experience barriers to accessing support due to their course, mode of study, or other characteristics – for example commuter and mature students, part-time students, carers, care leavers, postgraduates, international students and LGBT+ students.

Other criteria for judgement include how bids explore using digital technology to develop preventative strategies and how they engage with students in creating solutions.

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