YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE
By respecting and embracing existing mental health support and services, BRIT will work closely with universities, colleges, Students’ Unions, governing bodies and charities throughout the UK to facilitate a collaborative and proactive student, and staff, network.
Together, we will share best practice, provide opportunities to champion innovative mental health strategies and discuss ways to improve mental health provision both regionally and nationally.
The BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group will;
Provide a forum for students and staff to share both their activity and fundraising successes when taking on the BRIT Challenge
Enable the annual BRIT Challenge to act as a catalyst to involve the student body in meaningful mental health promotion throughout our feel-good fundraiser and the year ahead
Establish a student network that can share best practice of university and college mental health provision and support
Facilitate a collaborative fellowship of students and staff that can direct a cohesive approach to supporting and improving young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
A YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE
REGION-WIDE NETWORK OF STUDENTS & STAFF
BRIT have established a BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside
Regional Steering Group.
BRIT Regional Steering Groups enable student, and staff, volunteers to represent every UK university and college, be integral to our vision, and both steer and guide our charity.
We want to ensure students, and staff, are at the heart of BRIT and will provide opportunities to join our BRIT Trustees’ Board and Chair, Co-Chair and Deputy Chair our 10 BRIT Regional Steering Groups.
“The vision of implementing a BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group to bring together Student and Staff Representatives from every University and College in our region is such an engaging and positive initiative. Collectively, we can support ways of destigmatising mental health and can share best practice for championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
The Yorkshire and Humber Region is a strong one and this year, as a collective of our institutions, or individually, we have the opportunity to tailor the annual BRIT Challenge to ensure more students and staff take part and, in doing so, promote and support mental wellbeing.
I'm happy to have been asked to volunteer and support BRIT, as the Chair of the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group, for the next three-year tenure, and to be working closely with Ingrid Kellock, Director of Student Experience and DSL at York College, who will be the Steering Group Co-Chair.
The fact that the BRIT Challenge raises awareness and funds not just for itself, but also for other charitable causes at the same time, is hopefully attractive at a local level and can help us to grow levels of engagement annually through the BRIT Challenge and our Steering Group.
It will be impactful to promote engagement in this year's BRIT Challenge at each institution and, as Yorkshire Universities, welcome updates on any plans institutions have to engage their students and staffwith this year's 2023 theme.
By taking part, and supporting others to do so too, it is hoped that every university and college in Yorkshire & Humberside will share the opportunity for their staff and students to represent them and I look forward to encouraging as many as possible to support our BRIT Regional Steering Group.”
Head of Sport
The University of York
Chair of the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group
The aims of the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group are to;
Promote the annual BRIT Challenge to ensure that every university, college and Students’ Union have the opportunity to enter teams each year and encourage student and staff participation
Encourage every university and college team to choose a second charity to fundraise for, alongside BRIT, in order to support local, regional and national charities
Champion disability inclusion and invite students and staff of all abilities to take part
Embrace the BRIT Challenge as a catalyst for promoting student services, mental health charities and support available to students and staff
Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by welcoming BRIT Ambassadors who will share their lived experience in order to encourage, enthuse, inspire and thank students and staff who participate in the BRIT Challenge
Ask universities in each region to use their regional network to encourage and invite FE colleges to enter teams in the annual BRIT Challenge
Encourage universities and colleges in each region to use their regional network to invite independent colleges and institutions who support students with disabilities and Special Needs to enter teams in the annual BRIT Challenge
Conduct meaningful discussion in order to identify and proactively champion innovative and successful mental health strategies that can be shared across their region and feed into an annual BRIT national forum to promote positive action around young adult and student mental health and fitness.
A university and college have been asked to Chair and Co-Chair the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group that will comprise of;
Chair – Member of staff from a university (a 3-year tenure)
Co-Chair - Member of staff from a college (a 3-year tenure)
Deputy Chair - Student Opportunity (a 1, 2 or 3-year tenure)
Representatives from every university and college in that region (minimum of a 1-year tenure).
The BRIT Founder and Non-Paid CEO will work closely with the Chair and Co-Chair on a strategy to promote the invitation for students and staff from every university and college to join the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group.
In addition to BRIT Ambassadors being invited to deliver inspirational talks, we hope to secure long-term support from;
Regional university and college (staff or student) mental health, wellbeing or sport networks.
BRIT’s existing network of university or college staff (and students).
Association of Colleges (AoC) Area Directors.
CHAIR AND CO-CHAIR
We are delighted that The University of York and York College & University Centre have kindly agreed to Chair and Co-Chair the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group
Keith Morris, Head of Sport, at The University of York is Chair of the
BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group and Ingrid Kellock, Director of Student Experience and DSL, at York College & University Centre is the Co-Chair.
“I am thrilled to Co-Chair the BRIT Yorkshire and Humberside Region Steering Group to support young adult, student and staff mental health, wellbeing and fitness in our region.
The opportunity for students and staff to unite across the Higher and Further Education Sectors, including specialist colleges, in our region will ensure that together we can have a positive impact on how we improve mental health and wellbeing; especially if we use our Steering Group to share best practice and the many innovative ways that our universities and colleges are destigmatising mental health and implementing strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing.
I look forward to encouraging student and staff representatives from every college to join our Regional Steering Group and building a legacy network in Yorkshire and Humberside to support the work of the British Inspiration Trust and make the annual BRIT Challenge a success at every university and college.”
Director of Student Experience and DSL
York College & University Centre
Co-Chair of the BRIT Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Steering Group