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Effective lecturing; small group tutoring; lab demonstrating; assessment and feedback; curriculum design; using Moodle, plagiarism detection and multimedia for teaching.

Student Mental Health Toolkit for postgraduates who teach

Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
Time: 10.00-17.00
Key details: Practical information for PGR tutors/demonstrators on how to deal with student situations involving mental ill-health. If you are an assistant warden, please attend the "professional staff" version of the workshop. Lunch is provided.

Target audience

Postgraduate tutors and demonstrators in all disciplines.

Course mapped to

Vitae's Researcher Development Framework domains: C1 (Professional conduct), D1 (Working with others) & D3 (Engagement and impact)


Student Services

Course provider



C5 Seminar Room, Bute Building - This venue does not have full mobility access. If you have any access requirements, please contact CAPOD direct at

Course information

This interactive workshop takes elements from the Scottish Mental Health First Aid training, and other mental health information, and puts this alongside the University policies to inform staff in understanding and addressing mental health issues within the University community.

The workshop includes:

  • Information about mental ill-health in the UK and also in St Andrews, to challenge perceptions and give information about common mental health problems.
  • A focus on your role as a staff member within the institution – boundaries, confidentiality, keeping yourself safe.
  • The practical steps to take when you experience a difficult situation or student in distress, including who can help and who to refer to.
  • Dealing with requests for reasonable adjustments for teaching and assessment.
  • What you can do to improve mental health within our community.

If you are an assistant warden we recommend that you attend Student Mental Health Toolkit for professional staff, which will run later this semester.

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • "It was very well delivered and good content."
  • "Highly recommended for all PG students."
  • "This was a great workshop mixing theory & practice, lots of direct tools and skills transferred."
  • "Take the course! It's a must for a tutor."
  • "Definitely useful for those who teach."

Aims and objectives

By the end of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Use practical knowledge and confidence to deal with difficult student situations, including those relating to mental ill-health.
  • Provide effective help to a student experiencing distress.
  • Better understand mental health issues.
  • Know who to contact/refer onto and when to contact them when a difficult situation is experienced, and how to guide a student towards appropriate professional help.
  • Refer to any University procedures relevant to difficult student situations.



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