The University Mental Health Charter Award is a voluntary accreditation scheme for Programme Members. It brings universities and Assessment Teams together to:
How does it work?
The university provides a written self assessment, student-led report and supporting evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of their approach to fulfilling the Principles of Good Practice across all 18 themes in the Framework.
The university’s submission is evaluated by a team of peer assessors. Each Assessment Team contains a mixture of experience, including HE professionals, learning and teaching experts, clinicians and student assessors.
Assessment Team’s conduct a site visit over two days to better understand the university’s approach and specific context. During this time assessors meet with a cross section of staff and students to hear about their experiences.
The Assessor Report gives an overall outcome alongside evaluation and outcomes for each theme of the University Mental Health Charter Framework. The Assessment Team highlight areas of work that have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, affirm actions that are moving towards good practice but do not have sufficient impact measures, make recommendations for further improvements, and identifies potential unmanaged risks.
We will publicly celebrate a university once they have achieved an Award outcome that has been ratified by the independent Award Panel.
Award holders must remain active members of the Programme, contributing to the collective learning of this community and committing to ongoing continuous improvement. Award holders must be reassessed after 5 years to maintain or improve their Award outcome.