Student Health and Wellbeing Community of Practice Workshop Series 2

The Student Health and Wellbeing Community of Practice was established to support the Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy and improve collaboration across campus.

We aim to foster an inclusive community that is supportive, caring and respectful for all at UCL, and we would love you to join us if you have involvement with or interest in student health and wellbeing. Find out more and join our Teams Space  here.

Our workshop series is returning for its second season this term. This term’s workshops are led by colleagues from across UCL and span a broad range of topics. These aim to empower our colleagues to confidently support students and have answers to those difficult questions. This is particularly aimed at staff working directly with students, as we aim to equip you with the tools and knowledge to be proactive in supporting and engaging students. 

Sessions take place twice a month in term time via MS Teams. Starting at 12.30 on alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays, they comprise a 30-minute workshop followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Read more below to find out about this term’s workshops and to book your place.

Wednesday 27 January - Domestic abuse with Sophie Bimson and Roisin Armstrong

Sophie Bimson (UCL’s Crime and Personal Safety Adviser) and Roisin Armstrong (Mental Health Coordinator - Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing) are kicking off this term’s series of workshops talking about domestic abuse. They will be talking about what domestic abuse is, the myths that exist around it, and importantly how to support students following a disclosure of domestic abuse, drawing on the protocols and support staff can utilise to help students facing abuse.

Thursday 4 February - Stress with Carmen Straker and Sian Nash

Carmen Straker (Mental Health Coordinator) and Sian Nash (Disability Adviser) are joining us from Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing to talk about stress, understanding its impact on us and to introduce a framework that can be used for supporting students’ wellbeing, as well as managing our own stress levels.  

Wednesday 17 February - Supporting the Supporter with Chilima Sianyeuka

Chilima Sianyeuka (Student Support and Wellbeing Manager, Mental Health and Wellbeing) will be joining us to talk about supporting the supporter. This session seeks to provide staff with advice and guidance about how to build in mechanisms for support within a team.

Thursday 4 March - Student Funding with Liz Eden 

Liz Eden (Student Funding Manager, Advisory) is leading this week’s workshop, talking about all things student funding. She will cover how to signpost students to the support which is available, and how colleagues can help students avoid the common funding pitfalls.

Wednesday 17 March - Widening Participation with Amy York

Amy York (Acting Access Manager, Access and Widening Participation) is delivering this week’s session along with some current students who come from a Widening Participation background. She will provide an overview of the groups of students who are disadvantaged and underrepresented in higher education, and will describe the initiatives we currently have in place at UCL to support them. The majority of the session will involve a Q&A with the students, asking them to describe their experience of settling into UCL, and the support services they’ve most valued and needed so far in their university journey.


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