The OfS has appointed a consortium led by the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) to help universities and colleges identify and make use of effective practice in supporting student mental health. This work will lead to the creation of a central, online hub to share what works to support student mental health.
TASO is the lead partner of the work, with expertise also being provided by a range of other organisations including What Works Wellbeing, Universities UK, SMaRteN, King's College London, Student Minds and AMOSSHE.
Commenting, John Blake, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, said:
'Students have experienced an especially difficult time through the pandemic. It is crucial that they continue to receive the right mental health support as universities and colleges return to normal.
The OfS has provided a range of funding and resources to support student mental health, and this national programme will help us to better identify what works best. I am delighted that we have appointed this TASO-led consortium, with the organisations involved having significant expertise in understanding what works best to support students. Students will be consulted through this work, to ensure their views are taken into account.'
Dr Omar Khan, Director of TASO, said:
'TASO is delighted to have been appointed as the evaluators for the Office for Students' 'what works' student mental health project. Along with our five consortium partners, we look forward to building on our existing work to improve our understanding of what works to address student mental health. We know there is a great deal of work and commitment in this area, and we are dedicated to ensuring that it effectively supports and improves student lives.'Read John Blake's blog on developing effective practice Find out more about our work to support student mental health