Glasgow Members' Seminar - Book your place!

13 February 2020

International Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

University of Strathclyde
3 March 2020

Join UKCISA’s Chief Executive, Anne Marie Graham, Director of Policy and Services, Julie Allen and Advice and Training Officer, Tema Nwulu to explore the theme of International Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. Scottish Government representative, Steven Paxton will also attend the event.

Building on the Student Minds’ Mental Health Charter charter launched in December 2019, we will explore the theme of mental health from the international student perspective. What support do all students need? Where might international students need additional support? How might that support be delivered?

Tier 4 Immigration rules – what is the impact of the student immigration system on students? How can students with mental health needs be supported within the immigration rules?

UKCISA Grants Research. Winners of the Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Student Support 2019, Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian and Heriot Watt will present their research ‘Are you OK? Mental health and wellbeing of international doctoral students in the UK: an investigation of supervisors’ understanding and existing support provision'

Higher Education vs Further Education. Are there different needs of students studying in FE or HE? How might the sector work together on this? The topic will be introduced by Marj Clark, Student Engagement Officer at City of Glasgow College

Student Mental Wellbeing and the Curriculum. An update from Heather Gray from Glasgow Caledonian University who is leading a 'Collaborative Cluster' supported by QAA Scotland on this theme.


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
  • mental health advisers
  • students union staff
  • immigration compliance officers
  • heads of Student Services
  • academic staff with an interest in student mental health

any staff supporting, advising, counselling, representing and teaching international students who have 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

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



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.