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This project, led by De Montfort University, explores how mental wellbeing can be embedded into all aspects of higher education to enhance the student experience. Collaborative research by teams from seven higher education providers and a students’ union has led to the collation of best practice examples and the creation of these Open Educational Resources (OERs).


The project team provide definitions for mental wellbeing and embedding mental wellbeing to facilitate accessibility of the resources provided. Having identified examples to share with the sector, the benefits of embedding mental wellbeing for students, practitioners or programmes, and institutions (including students’ unions) are shared, helping users consider the outcomes to be realised from replicating similar activity within their own settings.


The OERs aim to support colleagues in higher education globally to embed mental wellbeing in their curricula, and are thematically grouped into:


  • pedagogical techniques and approaches
  • approaches to embedding mental wellbeing
  • the design of assessment and feedback
  • transitions during the student journey
  • work-based placements and professional experiences
  • relationship-building, connection and belonging

The project team wish all colleagues well in their endeavours to embed mental wellbeing in the curriculum.

Examples of Embedding Mental Wellbeing

Approaches and techniques

What pedagogical approaches and techniques can support embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum?

Providers, programmes and modules

What approaches can we take to embed mental wellbeing across higher education providers, programmes and modules?

Assessment and feedback

How can we best support student mental wellbeing in the design of assessment and feedback?

Transitions during the student journey

What initiatives and interventions support students navigating transitions and through the student journey?

Work-based placements and professional experiences

How does embedding mental wellbeing support student engagement in work-based placements and professional experiences?

Relationship-building, connection and belonging

How can relationship-building, connection and belonging be utilised as approaches to embedding mental wellbeing?


This Open Educational Resource (OER) was developed as part of the ‘Embedding Mental Wellbeing: Methods and Benefits’ Collaborative Enhancement Project 2021.


This OER was launched at a QAA online event on Monday 17 January 2022, ‘Blue Monday’, considered by many to be the most depressing day of the year. This date was chosen for the event to enable sector reframing and refocusing on positive examples of embedding mental wellbeing to inspire delegates to embed mental wellbeing in their curriculum activities.


A follow-up event for QAA Quality Insights Members is scheduled for Tuesday 14 June 2022.


If you have any comments or questions the team would be delighted to hear from you, please contact the Project Leader Zoë Allman at De Montfort University.

The ‘Embedding Mental Wellbeing: Methods and Benefits’ Collaborative Enhancement Project 2021 team included academics, professional services, senior leaders, and student union representatives from the original project partners:

  • De Montfort University (Zoë Allman, Project Leader)
  • De Montfort Students’ Union (Benjamin Smith)
  • London South Bank University (Annie Jennings and Nicola Smith)
  • Open University (Kate Lister)
  • University of Bristol (Fabienne Vailes)
  • University of East Anglia (Emma Sutton-Pavli and Neil James)
  • University of Greenwich (Alison Gilmour)
  • University of Reading (Alicia Peña Bizama).

OTHER COLLABORATIVE ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS

QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.


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