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Dr Gareth Hughes

Educational Director

Gareth is a human givens psychotherapist (with an MA in Human Givens Psychotherapy), researcher, nationally recognised expert on university mental health and wellbeing, Fellow of the HGI and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

He has a wealth of practical experience in mental health and wellbeing. For many years he worked in Psychological Wellbeing at the University of Derby, where he conducted research into the wellbeing of students, including the links between wellbeing and academic performance, and learning and emotions. His research has been published in various academic journals and he has been quoted as an expert on exam stress and student transition in the national media. He has a particular interest in exam anxiety, presentation anxiety, writer’s block and the transition of students to university. He also regularly taught and facilitated workshops at the University as part of the award nominated ‘Love Your Mind’ programme.

Gareth was lead author of the University Mental Health Charter, which is a national programme to support institutions to achieve a whole-university approach to mental health and wellbeing. The Charter was launched in December 2019 and has been endorsed by OfS, UUK, DfE and the British Psychological Society.

He is also the lead author of The Wellbeing Thesis, an online resource for post-graduate research students and Clinical Lead for Student Minds (the UK’s student mental health charity) and Student Space, an OfS funded project to support student mental health during the pandemic. His book for students, Be Well, Learn Well, was published in September 2020 by Macmillan. Published research interests include the relationship between learning and wellbeing, student transition into university, the role of academics in relation to student mental health, creativity and wellbeing and the role of Student Services within universities.

Gareth has a natural affinity with storytelling and is passionate about promoting ethical and effective therapeutic practice.

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