Alongside structural support services (for example student counselling and staff counselling) GCU also undertake projects across our institution and with external partners to provide a series of campaigns, events, and further enhance strategic approaches to support our students and staff.

Projects which are occurring across the institution are highlighted below. New proposal for projects, questions or feedback can be directed to the Project Officer for Student Mental Health.

Student Wellbeing Advisory Group

The Student Wellbeing Advisory Group is a cross institutional working group and was formed in 2018 to continue working to support student mental health and wellbeing. The group features representation from across the GCU Community, including academics, GCU London, GCU Students' Association and GCU London Students' Association, and INTO. The group has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of GCU’s Student Mental Health Action Plan.

Student Mind’s University Mental Health Charter

In 2020, Glasgow Caledonian University were one of three Universities across the UK who were successfully selected to participate in Student Minds’ University Mental Health Charter Accreditation Scheme. The Charter aims to recognise and benchmark best practice in supporting mental health across the country's HE institutions.

The project is ongoing, with the pilot aimed to be concluded and published by November 2020. You can find out more about the project here.

Any questions can be directed to the Project Officer for Student Mental Health.

Think Positive’s Student Mental Health Agreement

Glasgow Caledonian University and GCU Students' Association recognise it's important to support students throughout their studies and enable them to have outstanding student experience.  As such, we're working in partnership to continue the development of our Student Mental Health Agreement, which is published annually, and was initially developed in 2017. You can view the Students' Association information on the Student Mental Health Agreement at their website.

The Student Mental Health Agreement has been presented at various national conferences, and is reviewed, developed, and signed by the executive lead in both the University and the Students’ Association for student wellbeing each academic year. 

Some key outcomes from the creation of the agreement, is the Student Support Booklet, the re-introduction of the Scottish Mental Health First Aid Award, and partnership in promoting free mindfulness sessions for students.

You can read more about our student mental health agreements, and explore their developments through annual documentation and evaluation reports below.

 

Student Mental Health Agreement

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

2019 - 20 

 

Student Mental Health Agreement Impact Reports

2017 - 18

2018 - 19

2019 - 20

Think Positive and BSV Research

Throughout 2019 and 2020, GCU were selected as one of four institutions to participate in national research with Think Positive about Student Mental Health at NUS Scotland, and BSV Associates on the wellbeing support available to students across Scotland. Information, alongside consultation of students across the sector were compiled into a report with outcomes and recommendations. The report will be made availble on this webpage once it has been published. 

2019 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Award

In 2019 GCU and GCU Students’ Association were successful in achieving the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind award. The awards are a partnership initiative between NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport, funded by the Scottish Government, which focus on the link between sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health.

You can read more about the award here.

Mental Health at Work Task Force

GCU’s Mental Health at work Taskforce is GCU’s whole institutional approach to enhancing and supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff. The taskforce has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of GCU’s Mental Health at Work Action Plan.

Inclusive Curriculum Design for Wellbeing

Building on our prior project looking at the Curricula, INCLUDE, GCU are now leading a collaborative cluster with colleagues across the sector (GCU Students’ Association, Heriot-Watt University, University of Stirling and SPARQs) into inclusive curriculum design for wellbeing.

The project aims to develop the processes and tools that academic staff use to design curricula. This will help staff create teaching and learning environments that are inclusive and promote student mental wellbeing.

More information can be found here.

Contemporary Academic Advising & Mentoring (CAAM)

In 2017-18 GCU reviewed and revised their Academic Advising process through their CAAM Project (Contemporary Academic Advising & Mentoring). Key outcomes included a revision of the role and guidance for personal tutors, and additional online support for staff and students about the process.

Information about personal tutoring can be found here.

More information about the project can be found here.

Peer Supported Communities Project

The School of Health and Life Sciences in 2019 undertook a Peer Support Communities Pilot.

The pilot looked to provide targeted Placement Support for nursing students which aims to give students the opportunity to come together in small subject-based groups or communities to support and advise each other throughout their studies.  Each PSC is made up of a maximum of around 8 students drawn from each year of the course who can meet as often as they like to exchange information, support each other but also to be a social group. The PSCs are student-led but everyone receives training and staff support the communities and members can ask for staff help and support at any time.  Once the group is up-and-running a student will stay with that group throughout their studies and each year new first year students will join the group replacing those who have graduated.  

Wellbeing Resources in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library

Throughout 2019 and 2020 the SAF Library have introduced the following  resources:  a wellbeing reading list, and collating Covid-19 Wellbeing Resources during lockdown.

A collaborative working group are also exploring the feasibility of introducing a dedicated space in the Sir Alex Ferguson library which would enhance student and staff wellbeing at a future date ( currently suspended due to government guidance/social distancing restrictions).