The central aim of the project is to build the capacity of academic educators to design curriculum and create teaching and learning environments that enhance student mental wellbeing. Academic educators are the drivers of innovation in this field and the project makes accessible the research, theoretical approaches and promising practices that are prompting change.
In asking that educators consider student mental wellbeing in curriculum design, teaching practice and institutional policy development, we are keenly aware of the growing demands and pressures faced by academics. As a result, our focus is on accessible, practical information and examples of curriculum and teaching approaches that can help support student mental wellbeing.
We expect that the project resources will increase academics’ confidence to interact and engage with students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. We also expect they will assist academics in their roles as curriculum designers and teachers of diverse students, and that the understanding and strategies teachers develop will benefit all students, not only those at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties.