Mental health issues are on the rise across the UK higher education sector and recent reports state that one in four students are affected by a mental health condition. The majority of technical staff are in student facing roles and, whilst their technical expertise and practical support is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience, the frontline nature of their roles means that they are also providing important but perhaps unrecognised pastoral support for students. For the first time this report confirms that technical staff support students with sensitive and personal issues including bereavement and sexual assault - often with very little formal recognition or training.
Launched in June 2019 Technicians: Providing frontline and vital support for student mental health and wellbeing, was informed by over 700 members of the technical community, across 49 HEIs.
The report offers a number of recommendations to th sector to ensure that all involved are fully supported and appropriately trained.
The report was developed by a collaborative team from the Technician Commitment, Science Council, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham.