On 22nd April 2021, Tribal virtually attended a Student Minds led event - Covid-19 and Student Mental Health: Supporting the most impacted groups webinar, with the hope to listen to students’ experiences and learn about new resources available via Student Space. As a Student Space Comms Champion Tribal want to share the content and resources to our audience.
According to mental health charity, Mind, nearly three-quarters (73%) of students said their mental health declined during the lockdown. As we begin to emerge from the seismic effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts turn to the longer-term impact of over a year of isolation, upheaval, and disrupted learning.
According to The EdTech Report 2019/2020, it was predicted that by 2021 the UK EdTech sector would reach £3.4 billion. Despite this, findings show that more needs to be done to ensure UK schools and colleges are getting enough access to educational technology. In Northern Ireland, 3 in 4 teachers admitted that the children they teach don't have enough access to educational technology, with teachers in North East, West Midlands, Greater London, North West, and Wales agreeing.
There are currently around 2.4 million students at UK universities, with one in three suffering from clinical levels of psychological distress during these formative years.
Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, there has been huge disruption across the education sector at all levels, the impact of which is still unknown as schools, colleges, and universities remain closed until further notice.
With the latest tier restrictions recently announced, it has become evident that life will continue to be restricted until Spring 2021. We cannot connect with others like we used to, and it is becoming increasingly clear that people are yearning to feel close and connected to their loved-ones.
Thanks to technology (not forgetting the rule of six and public parks), we can still stay connected with friends and family. Here are some ideas to explore throughout December:
In times of great change, we are holding our free of charge, online conferences (W/C 12th October 2020) to discuss the significant issues that will help colleges and training providers become more resilient and continue to deliver quality education.