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Open educational resources on embedding mental wellbeing produced through QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project

Date: January 18 - 2022

New open educational resources on embedding mental wellbeing have been published as part of a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project, led by De Montfort University (DMU) and De Montfort Students’ Union. The suite of resources was officially launched on Monday 17 January as part of an event hosted by the project team and QAA.

The resources aim to support colleagues in higher education globally to embed mental wellbeing in their curricula and are grouped into themes:

  • Pedagogical techniques and approaches
  • Approaches to embedding mental wellbeing
  • Design of assessment and feedback
  • Transitions during the student journey
  • Work-based placements and professional experiences
  • Relationship-building, connections and belonging.

The project team also provides definitions for mental wellbeing and embedding mental wellbeing to facilitate accessibility of the resources provided. DMU’s project partners were London South Bank University, Open University, University of Bristol, University of East Anglia, University of Greenwich and University of Reading.

Speaking on behalf of the project team, Zoë Allman, Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media, De Montfort University, said: ‘We’ve identified a great range of resources from best practice happening across the sector. There are examples from different disciplines and contexts that provide ideas for new initiatives to enhance embedding student mental wellbeing in the curriculum.’

Jo Green, Quality and Standards Specialist at QAA said: ‘This collection of resources aims to raise the profile of the fantastic work that is already underway across the UK higher education sector. We hope that this can in turn inspire other institutions to support mental wellbeing through the curriculum.’

All of the embedding mental wellbeing resources are available on the QAA website via the project webpage. Our Collaborative Enhancement Projects are funded in QAA’s capacity as a membership organisation. More information on QAA’s Collaborative Enhancement Projects is available on our website.