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Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2021

The UCL Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2021 sets out to embed a whole-university approach to health and wellbeing so that students can reach their full potential, be successful and enjoy their time at UCL.

 

Strategic vision

Enhance our inclusive, caring and supportive community by positively promoting good health and wellbeing (social, physical and mental) as the foundation for academic success and a great student experience.

Definitions and context

Wellbeing does not mean an absence of physical or mental illness. Rather it is a state of physical, mental and emotional health where a student is able to engage meaningfully in learning and contribute to their community. Wellbeing is personal and multifactorial, but typically includes feelings of being socially connected, a sense of direction and belonging, satisfaction with personal achievements, and low levels of anxiety.

It recognises the positive impact of inclusive and welcoming communities on student wellbeing and commits to making sure that all students thrive at UCL. There should be no stigma in disclosing disability and health/mental health difficulties. A new clinical pathway for students affected by mental health difficulties will provide more students with evidence-based treatment, in a timelier manner than is currently the case.

There are numerous dependencies between staff and students. The strategy sets out to align approaches to staff and students’ health and wellbeing in order to bring about cultural change and lasting improvements.

Main objectives 

The six main objectives of the strategy set out UCL’s approach to student health and wellbeing over the period 2019-2021. Each objective (outlined on the pages linked below) is achieved by a group of actions to be set in motion immediately and be fully embedded by 2021. 

Objective 1

Woman holding a slice of watermelon in the shape of a smile

Establish a whole-university approach to student health and wellbeing

Objective 2

Arrow on a wall pointing right

Support students in their integration into life at UCL

Objective 3

Green apples

Develop resources to encourage personal awareness of health and wellbeing and facilitate peer support

Objective 4

Person in orange trainers climbing blue stairs

Establish effective links between UCL, the NHS and other services to deliver integrated mental health care and improved risk management

Objective 5

Woman sat on a beach with signs reading 'Life's a beach' and 'This is my happy place'

Ensure support for disabled students or those affected by health and wellbeing difficulties is personalised and the adjustments are effective

Objective 6

Four people linking arms in a square looking down at the camera

Align student and staff wellbeing policies and initiatives to foster an inclusive and supportive community