Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2021
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.
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.