NADP Winter Conferences 2018

Date: 30/11/2018

Location: Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

Date: 06/12/2018

Location: Hilton London Kensington

‘Inclusive support for mental health in tertiary education’

The social model of disability observes that systemic barriers, purposeful or inadvertent negative attitudes and exclusion by society are the ultimate factors defining disability.

Inclusive education as an approach, as we know, implies that the educational environment is designed so that the whole of the student body is facilitated to learn together with appropriate services embedded into the system.

NADP knows that this can only be possible in a flexible system that is adapted to meet the requirements of our diverse student communities.

With significant coverage across the media on the rise in mental health concerns nationally, NADP have noted feedback from our membership on mental health in the sector, and the rising impact and challenges felt by universities and college in recent years.

With the noted rise and complexity of needs of students in tertiary education and the focus on specialist mental health provision being offered through universities and colleges, this one-day conference will be looking at a variety aspects of mental health support both by presentation and also by discussion of topics decided by delegates:

  • How we meet student needs and continue to provide and enhance support, advice and guidance to our student communities.
  • How mental health is an intrinsic part of the model of inclusive practice and the link between mental health, academic progress and achievement.
  • Specialist agency partnership, inclusive of local community groups and health organisations, and how links can be established and maintained


Please note that it may be necessary to make minor alterations to this programme – current details will be displayed here.

9:15-9:45 – Registration & Refreshments
9:45-10:00 Welcome and Introduction

Chair / Vice-Chair of NADP

10:00-11:00 Student Complaints and Mental Health

Claire Skelly, Senior Assistant Adjudicator, Office for the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)

In this session Claire will give a brief introduction to the OIA explaining who they are and what they do. She will then explore the “Supporting Disabled Students” chapter of the OIA Good Practice Framework with specific reference to students with mental health difficulties. She will share case studies which will highlight the types of issues that they deal with and how they approach these complaints.

11:00-11:30 – Refreshments 
11:30-12:30 Mental health and the Digital World

Adi Latif & Adam Tweed, AbilityNet

Adi will briefly mention his sight loss in his teens and how it affected his mental health at university and how common it is for VI people to develop MH concerns due to isolation and exclusion. Adam will mention his own concerns and then they will discuss the free and paid-for technology available to assist people.

12:30-13:00 Focus Session

Time to focus on your own concerns with documents and case studies to examine/discuss and an opportunity to submit topics for afternoon discussion

13:00-14:00 – Lunch
14:00-15:00 Health and wellbeing: a whole university and societal approach

Dr Ruth Caleb, Wellbeing Consultant (HE Students and Staff)

15:00-16:00 Discussion Session

Topics decided by delegates

16:00 onwards – Closing remarks, refreshments & networking

(Refreshments to take with you if you are in a hurry!)


To book your place, please visit our booking page

Members £175 early bird rate

Members £200 normal rate (after Friday 9th November)

Non-Members £205 early bird rate

Non-Members £220 normal rate (after Friday 9th November)

Early Bird booking rate applies to bookings received before midnight on Friday 9th November 2017

The booking deadline is Friday 23rd November

For the Conference

Please download the slides from the subscribers’ area of the website before the event. This saves paper and allows you to personalise them to your own requirements. Non-members will be sent pdf versions of the slides directly by email before the event.

Winter Conference – Travel details and Programme