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The Bridge Network: Peer support for health sciences students at the University of Nottingham

As the number of students experiencing mental health difficulties continues to grow — evidenced by the 210% increase in students dropping out of university and a 94% rise in students seeking counselling — universities are under pressure to understand and effectively address this problem. The traditional challenges that many students face, clearly still apply. It can take time to settle into a new place, make friends, and adjust to the pace of university life. But narratives are emerging around specific student groups, such as international students, postgraduate students, or those studying certain subjects, and the type of issues that they encounter that can impact negatively upon mental wel

The Telegraph: Researcher says universities are too afraid to record sexual assaults

Comment from ProtectED's Andrew Wootton on the culture of not recording sexual assaults at UK universities, and how the ProtectED scheme* is aiming to address this problem, here. *ProtectED assessments are against the ProtectED Code of Practice, undertaken by a peer review panel of sector experts, and followed up by a verification visit, conducted by trained ProtectED assessors (with input from student assessors from that institution).

The University of Salford becomes first ProtectED founder member at policy-driving House of Lords ev

We’re pleased to announce the University of Salford has just become the founder member of ProtectED. The institution was awarded the certification at a special evening reception in the House of Lords earlier this week (Monday 19 March). The event, hosted by longstanding Labour politician, academic and ProtectED patron Baroness Ruth Henig, focused on safety, security and wellbeing in higher education and was attended by university representatives from across the UK, as well as policy changers and partner organisations. Upon receiving the certificate of membership, University of Salford Dean of School of Arts and Media Professor Allan Walker said: “The University of Salford is very proud to be

Student blogs: How to be an environmentally friendly student

As a student you may think there is not a lot you can do to positively impact the environment on a large scale, but that’s where your wrong. People don’t realise that it is often small changes to your daily life that can make a real difference. Our planet is beautiful and we should all try our best to do our bit for the environment in order to keep it that way. Also, being environmentally conscious is not only good for the planet, but studies show that it will also make YOU feel good (what a result). Here are a few things you can do to make a difference: Use reusable water bottles/coffee cups The variety of cute water bottles and flasks on sale these days should be enough to convince you to

How can universities help prevent sexual harassment and hate crime on campus?

A recent Stonewall poll found that nearly one in four (23%) of people aged 18-24 reported being the target of hate due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the last month. Furthermore, 72% of respondents in this age group reported witnessing such abuse towards other people in this period. With the majority of university students falling in this age group, and with a rising proportion of 18-year-olds applying to university, these issues clearly impact the UK student population. A 2016 NUS report found that 60% of students have witnessed bullying related to sexual orientation. The NUS No Place For Hate survey revealed that 18% of students have experienced at least one racial hate

Guest blog: Sharing my TEDx talk for University Mental Health Day

A few years ago, I was an international student at a university in London, and I was unable to pay for my tuition. I took out a bank loan and paid for the first year, but I was worried about paying for the remaining two years. I felt anxious, I cried a lot, and I could not concentrate on my studies. They were times when I felt I woke up at night in a cold sweat, unable to breathe. That was in 2005, a time when I knew nothing about anxiety, panic attacks and depression, or the symptoms of these mental health problems. After completing the first year, I couldn’t obtain another loan, so I quit my studies, I worked for a homeless charity where I met men and women who reported similar symptoms to

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