The University Mental Health Charter Award

The University Mental Health Charter Award is a voluntary accreditation scheme that brings universities and Charter assessment teams together to:  

Assess the University’s progress against the Principles of Good Practice within the University Mental Health Charter
Understand areas of strength and development to inform ongoing improvement in the university and across the sector
Recognise those universities that demonstrate excellent approaches to student and staff mental health.

How does it work?

Self assessment
The university provides written information and evidence about the institution and its approach to the principles of good practice in each of the 18 themes in the Charter, to support them to identify areas for development as well as recognise excellent practice. Student representatives also have an opportunity to submit their reflections on the university’s approach.

Peer assessment
The university’s submission will be evaluated by a team of 3 peer assessors with a mix of clinical, academic and strategic expertise and a student assessor.

Onsite Visit
The Assessment Team will visit the university to speak to staff and students, so we can better understand how the university’s approach works in context, its areas of strength, examples of good practice and the challenges that the university faces.

Improvement Report
We will provide the university with a tailored improvement report, highlighting excellent practice and recommendations for further development against each of the Charter’s themes.

We will assess how well the university is currently working towards the principles of good practice and whether its progress to date, honest awareness and future plans merit a Charter Award. 

The university has access to an online action plan to support continual improvement. After 5 years, the university can apply for reassessment to gain a higher level of award.