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University raises hundreds for mental health

University raises hundreds for mental health

BAKERS from the University of Chichester have raised nearly £200 at a cake competition in aid of a student mental health charity.

The home-made desert contest, open to all University students and staff, was hosted to raise money and awareness of national organisation Student Minds, which supports people in higher education at Chichester and across the UK. As much as £190 was raised at the event from donations and cake sales.

Dave Corcoran, the University’s head of student support and wellbeing, said: “A lot of our students have benefitted from Student Minds, which provides essential services across our institution and the UK. The charity also helps to train our staff to ensure we provide an inclusive and supportive environment from the moment students arrive.”

The University of Chichester was recently named in the UK’s top three universities for its student welfare by the 2018 Times Higher Education student experience survey. The bake-off was organised by members of Chichester’s own Association of University Administrators, which is a body for professional services staff to share best practice and promote excellence in HE administration.

Organiser Mrs Armineh Pogosian, an administrator for Academic Quality and Standards Service at the University, said: “Student Minds does incredible across all UK universities, including our own, so we are all very pleased that this event could help such an important charity.”

The competition was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Harper and Chief Human Resources Officer Lissie Whitaker. Winners (pictured) included Alison Davies, with her hedgerow cake, alongside Doreen Bravely for an upside-down apple cake.

For more about Student Minds go to www.studentminds.org.uk.