Transitioning to Higher Education: Improving your Approach to Student Mental Wellbeing


  • (Chair) Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Dean of Learning and Teaching, University of Portsmouth
  • Dominic Kingaby, Student Experience Policy Lead, Department for Education
  • Joanna Pullen, School Engagement Consultant: Resilience, Bounce Forward
  • Dr. Ruth Caleb, Wellbeing Consultant and Academic
  • Tracey Boseley, National Development Lead for the Education Sector, Child Bereavement UK
  • Poppy Brown, DPhil, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Author of HEPI report


The transition from school to higher education is daunting and can be a challenge to many young people preparing for university. Recent surveys of student experience have revealed the disparity between expectation and reality as students face the greatest mental, financial and education challenges of their lives. Drop-out rates of first year students are still on the rise and mental health has been deemed a "university crisis". In order to transform the student experience, improve retention rates and encourage positive transitions, mental health and wellbeing must be a core part of universities’ activities.

Join us this July for an up to date brief on recent policy and the newly announced Education Transitions Network, which aims to improve the student experience through elevated support in mental health and wellbeing within both schools and universities. This event will offer an opportunity for schools, HEIs and the NHS to network and share best practice in supporting all students during their transition from school to university. 

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • The Education Transitions Network: an overview of the new taskforce
  • Examining recent reports on the transition from secondary school to university
  • Managing expectations pre-university
  • Effective communication between university and school wellbeing teams
  • Healthy relationships: putting health and wellbeing at the heart of your student support system
  • Pupil Referral Units: widening participation to support all pupils into university
  • Developing a whole institution approach to social integration
  • Case study examples of successful transition programmes

About the event:

The morning session will examine how schools can prepare young people for the upcoming transition from school to higher education. This session will include an update on recent policy and the newly announced Education Transition Network.

The afternoon session will focus on what universities can do to support students through the transitionary period from school to higher education, including case study examples from leaders in the field. 

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in improving student and pupil mental health & wellbeing, including: student support services, student unions, designated mental health leads; school nurses & counsellors; PSHE leads; head/deputy/assistant headteachers; principles & chief executives; alternative education providers; pupil referral units; governors; LEAs; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services; children’s & mental health charities; teaching unions; and representative groups.

Futher information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 4th July 2019

Time: 11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT

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