Glasgow Members' Seminar

International Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

University of Strathclyde
3 March 2020

This is a fantastic opportunity for university, college and student union staff working in a broad variety of roles to come together and share information and ideas on supporting international student mental health and wellbeing. 


9.30 - 10.00      Registration                                                                                                                  

Welcome from UKCISA Chief Executive Anne Marie Graham and Scottish Government representatives, Gareth Allen and Steven Paxton

Introduction to the day and overview of sector activities in international student mental heath



The language of wellbeing and mental health: terminology and how it impacts on international students

Julie Allen, UKCISA Director of Policy and Services



The Student Minds University Mental Health Charter: an introduction

Claire O'Donnell, Student Wellbeing Manager, University of the West of Scotland




The Student immigration rules: how do they impact on international student mental health?

Tema Nwulu, UKCISA Advice and Training Officer

11.45 Break




Student Mental Wellbeing and the Curriculum

Dr Heather Gray, Head of Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine, Glasgow Caledonian University


‘Are you OK? Mental health and wellbeing of international doctoral students in the UK: an investigation of supervisors’ understanding and existing support provision'

Chris Blackmore, Senior University Teacher, University of Sheffield & Dely Lazarte Elliot, Lecturer, University of Glasgow



International Students' Wellbeing in Further Education

Marj Clark, Student Engagement Officer, City of Glasgow College & Eva Curran, Vice President Diversity and Wellbeing, COGC Students' Association




Roundtable discussion on supporting international students mental health and wellbeing: Challenges and Solutions

Julie Allen, UKCISA Director of Policy and Services

15.15  Break


Roundtable discussion and feedback



 Conclusions and next steps

Anne Marie Graham, UKCISA Chief Executive





Who should attend?
The event is open to all UKCISA members and will be of interest to:

  • international student advisers
  • student experience officers
  • student counsellors
  • heads of student wellbeing
  • heads of counselling services
  • mental health advisers
  • students union staff
  • immigration compliance officers
  • heads of student services
  • academic staff with an interest in student mental health

The cost will be £50 per attendee.


Other Members' seminars will be taking place in Manchester and London, later on in the year.



Chris Blackmore

Dr Chris Blackmore is a Senior University Teacher and researcher in Mental Health at the University of Sheffield.

He has special interests in student mental health, public engagement in mental health, and the impact of technology on well-being. He is developing the use of VR for mental health through the project



Dely Lazarte Elliot

Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow.

With an interdisciplinary background in education, counselling psychology and psychology of education, her research specialises in the experiences of international doctoral researchers.



Heather Gray

Dr Heather Gray is the Head of Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

She is currently co-leading QAA Scotland’s Collaborative Cluster on student mental wellbeing and the curriculum in partnership with Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs), University of Stirling and Heriot Watt University.



Marj Clark

Marj Clark is a Student Engagement Officer at City of Glasgow College; working with international students who are predominantly from the Nautical and STEM faculty. With a previous background and PGDip in Community Learning and Development, she has a particular interest in the importance in students having a sense of community and belonging during their time at COGC, and the positive impact this can have on their retention and academic results.