AMOSSHE undertakes a number of national and local projects in order to support the higher education sector in delivering excellent Student Services. Here are the details of the AMOSSHE projects currently underway:
The Student Mental Health Evidence Hub is an open access digital resource that provides information and guidance for the higher education sector on how they can improve student mental health support.
The hub will assist higher education practitioners responsible for designing and implementing interventions to support student mental health. It includes guidance on evaluating existing programmes of support, examples of current practice, and a first-of-its-kind toolkit outlining the evidence base on what works, which is mapped to the University Mental Health Charter.
The hub aims to encourage robust evaluation practice in the sector in order to generate further evidence of what works to support students’ mental health and wellbeing. It consists of five key elements:
The hub doesn't include toolkit pages for suicide prevention interventions, or online interventions, as these were beyond the scope of this project, nor does the hub cover the use of data analytics to support student mental health.
The project was managed by a consortium of five expert partner organisations to ensure the hub’s value to the sector: AMOSSHE, SMaRteN (led by King’s College London), Student Minds, and What Works Wellbeing, with TASO (Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education) as the lead partner.
The hub was developed with the support of a dedicated student panel. The student panel included students from various backgrounds, courses and higher education providers, all with an interest in promoting student mental health. The panel provided insights into how students experience current support systems in higher education.
In February 2018 AMOSSHE launched the Resilience Toolkit: an open, online resource bank of research, case studies and practical tools to help Student Services professionals in higher education develop student resilience to stress, anxiety and similar barriers to achievement and success.
The toolkit advocates a positive and proactive approach to student resilience, focusing on what higher education providers can do to develop supportive, enabling cultures for students by making improvements to their physical and social environment.
The project was made possible by funding from Unite Students, the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation, who are driven to provide a ‘Home For Success’ for almost 50,000 students across the UK. It builds on the theoretical model published in their Student Resilience: Exploring the positive case for resilience report (May 2017), which explores the positive case for resilience.
Find out more and access the toolkit resources here: Resilience Toolkit.