Save the date: 17/10/2019 | Manchester, Marriott Hotel Victoria & Albert | 9:00am-5:00pm

Education without Borders has quite simply set the stage and the pace for the academic sector with regards to increasing awareness, capability and best practice in travel risk management.


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Our 2018 Attendees:

Education Without Borders: Mental Health and Wellness in Study Abroad

Mental health matters and no more so than in the higher education setting where mental health and wellness is a strategic priority. In a climate where young Millennials and Gen Z students are reporting higher rates of anxiety and depression than ever before, and with 700,000 UK students studying abroad and the UK hosting the second highest number of international students in the world, it is critical that UK Universities ensure duty of care in mental health and wellness is paramount.

Do your study abroad policies promote resilience, prevention and early intervention to avert mental health crises?
Could you respond appropriately and empathetically following exposure to a traumatic event overseas?
Do your programmes remove financial and cultural barriers to healthcare and support?

Join us for a day which places mental health and wellness in study abroad at the heart of the international education discussion.

Our Speakers

Dr Chris Williams, University Safety Officer, University of Oxford 
After 17 years working for HSE Chris moved to Thames Valley Police which provided interesting experience on the application of dynamic risk assessment. In 2011 Chris moved to a post at the University of Oxford as Safety Officer for the Social Sciences Division. Chris has spent a lot of her time supporting students in their preparations for fieldwork through a range of training and resources.  Chris has recently moved to a more central role within the University Safety Office.
Melissa Doman M.A. Organisational Psychologist and Mental Health Consultant & Speaker
Melissa is a master’s level organisational psychologist, ex-mental health clinician, mental health consultant & speaker, and coach. After several years of work in the counselling field in higher education and private practice settings, Melissa transitioned into working in organisational psychology & mental health at work consulting. Melissa has two areas of professional focus: 1. normalising conversations about mental health in professional and academic settings and 2. organisational psychology soft skills consulting and coaching for businesses and universities on emotional intelligence, self-awareness, employee wellbeing, and leadership development.
Charlotte Copeland, Managing Director, Safehaven Trauma
Expert psychotherapist Charlotte Copeland delivers a best practice session in building a health incident planning infrastructure for your organisation. Notepads at the ready – you will learn a lot in a short time within this valuable and educational session. It’s no longer the ‘Golden Hour’ but the ‘Platinum Minute’ needed in your ability to respond to your people in need when overseas.
Annekatrin Madlung, Global Recourse, Managing Director & Senior Consultant – NGO Well-Being and Security Operations
Wellbeing and security are inextricably interlinked. The role of global security in the wider sense and travel security risk assessments and mitigation measure more specifically is to keep the individual safe and to ensure that the organisation is able to deliver its strategic goals without damage to reputation and financial loss. Therefore, it is paramount to see/understand the importance of embedding wellbeing and mental health processes, systems and conversations into organisational processes to ensure strategic and integrated approaches across programmes, teams and departments not only to benefit the individual but also to strengthen management and ultimately ensure that an organisation is able to deliver its strategic goals.
Nadia Imtiaz, Research Awards Development, London Southbank University, PhD Candidate 
Nadia is the Research Awards Development Officer at London South Bank University and is an active member of the Crime and Justice Research Group. She is currently studying for her PhD in Human Rights Education (HRE) at the LSBU School of Law & Social Sciences. Her PhD research examines use of Mindfulness based teaching methodologies for HRE and its role in promoting interconnectedness amongst staff and students.
Nadia has 10 years’ experience delivering rights-based education in secondary and further education settings in Pakistan. She is also trained to teach mindfulness in secondary schools using the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP) ‘.b’ curriculum.
Hitendra Solanki, Mindfulness & Wellbeing Expert
Hitendra is currently the Mindfulness & Wellbeing Adviser for Action Against Hunger UK. In addition, he has also been teaching at London South Bank University since 2003, and is currently the Senior Lecturer on the MSc Development Studies course. At London South Bank University, he is currently the lead for the ‘Research Methodology’, ‘Contemporary Issues in Development’, and ‘Economies in Transition’ modules, as well as the ‘Practical Skills in Humanitarian Aid and Development’ course. Additionally, he has been leading pilot research on Mindfulness and Wellbeing, to support PhD students and their supervisors in improving their mental health resilience, and student-supervisor relationships. More recently, he led the 3-year Mindfulness & Wellbeing project as part of the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity programme, funded by DFID under their Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).
Grant Thomas, Director, Special Risks -Travel, Gallagher
Grant is a Director in our Speciality Division and has worked with our Higher Education Institution client for the last six years and has an in-depth knowledge of the support required. He assists in identifying and liaising with insurers, both in the procurement stage and upon placement. Recognising the importance of close insurer relationship on issues such as sanctions, Grant’s role is to ensure insurers have a strong understanding of your travel insurance requirements and manage any problems that occur.
Grant holds key relationships across all the insurers that lead the field in this insurance cover and liaises with Gallagher’s Education Practice.
Phil Webster, Executive Director, Education, Gallagher
Phil has national responsibility for the management and development of the Gallagher Education Practice. With nearly 25 years experience Phil has a breadth of experience of what the latest key Insurance and Risk Management issues to ensure Higher Education Institution receive the information and support to ensure cover and protection is relevant, appropriate and cost-effective.
Scott Williams, Head of Development, Student Minds
Scott has worked at Student Minds for nearly a year, in his role as Head of Development he is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders as well as generating and implementing new and innovative opportunities to further grow the impact of Student Minds work across the HE Landscape.
Antony Mumford, Leading expert in the mitigation, conviction and recovery from sexual assault
Antony retired from Warwickshire Police as a Detective Inspector in October 2011 after 30 years service. His career was largely within CID and he was an accredited Senior Investigating Officer (SIO). Antony spent a number of years as Head of the Force Anti-Corruption Unit, and at the end of his service was the Force Lead for Vulnerable Adults and led the Sexual Offences Investigation Team. From that role he was seconded to work with partner agencies in Warwickshire and Coventry to design and deliver a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the area. The SARC opened in 2013 and Antony has been the Manger from that time.

In his role as SARC Manager Antony has delivered training on sexual abuse to a variety of Law Enforcement, Health and other professionals. He is an accredited ambassador for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) arm of the National Crime Agency and delivers inputs on Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Safeguarding to a range of audiences, including vulnerable children and young people. Antony also consults and advises for Peregrine Risk management and its client base, particularly in the aspect of incident response protocols regarding sexual abuse.

Session Titles:

Mental health incident planning: Building resilience prioritising prevention and ensuring early intervention in mental health incidents abroad.

Front line communications: The ‘invisible’ student and identifying a cry for help.

Rapid psychological support and longer term post-traumatic stress disorders: A University’s response to incidents of trauma overseas.

Diversity and difference in unfriendly places: Maintaining wellness, happiness and mental resilience.

Geopolitical change: Travel bans, Brexit and managing uncertainty for students abroad.

Wellness in a global workplace: Extending wellness at work to Transnational Education footprints.

The Cost of Care: Removing financial barriers to psychological healthcare overseas.

Thriving not surviving: Promoting wellness, mindfulness and enjoyment across the study abroad experience.

Who should attend:

Health and Safety Representatives

International Offices

Programme Directors

Mental Health Advisors

Heads of Student Wellbeing

Pastoral Care Managers

Insurance Directors

Previous Events

2019 will be the fifth year that Travel Risk Media has hosted Education Without Borders. Previous years qualify it as the largest and most important event in Europe for travel risk professionals operating in academic circles.

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