Dr Denise Meyer
Head of Wellbeing @ University Portsmouth
Dr Denise Meyer, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, has worked in student wellbeing support for 22 years, in a variety of HE institutions, and is currently Head of Wellbeing at the University of Portsmouth, where she is also chairing a HEFCE-funded project aiming to harness the power of student peer leadership to tackle bullying and harassment.
She was the originator and initial director of the award-winning Students Against Depression website, which also puts peer experience at the centre of its offer.
During her session, Denise will be speaking about the successful Welcome Ambassadors programme at the university.
The Welcome Ambassador programme at the University of Portsmouth has been praised by the Universities Minister and the Department for Education, as an example of good practice in supporting student transition. Unlike a traditional ‘buddy scheme’ the programme focuses on promoting connections and networks between new students during the pre-entry phase as well as the first week and months at University, with existing students trained as Welcome Ambassadors to act as role models and to facilitate conversations and connections.
Co-presented by student Welcome Ambassadors, the session will outline the rationale behind the scheme and provide examples of how it aims to promote a sense of belonging for new students.