How are business schools prioritising student wellbeing?

student wellbeing

The wellbeing of students has always been important within business school communities. However, today, there is much greater awareness around mental health, and as a result, business schools are improving their services for their students and faculty. Business education PR experts Olivia Nieberg and Stephanie Mullins-Wiles from BlueSky Education explore further. 

There are many reasons as to why student wellbeing is important, but from a business school perspective, the wellbeing of students also directly correlates with academic achievement. After all, when students feel physically, mentally and emotionally healthy, they are better able to concentrate, engage with learning materials, and perform well in their studies.

Aside from academia, students who feel supported and valued are also more likely to develop resilience and coping skills, which are essential for navigating life’s challenges. When students learn how to manage their emotions, build healthy relationships and prioritise self-care, they are better equipped to deal with challenges and pursue their goals with confidence.

Below we list some great initiatives and services at business schools in relation to student wellbeing:

NEOMA Business School

NEOMA Business School implemented a dedicated Wellness Centre in 2018 for its 10,000 students. Care centres and psychological support services, accessible for free across the three campuses of the school, enable students to receive personalised assistance. The centre, now comprising eight staff members, also organises educational events on crucial topics such as mental health, sexuality, sports, nutrition, addictions, and overall wellbeing. The French schools are pioneers within this space, and through their wellbeing initiatives are creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive community for their students.

POLIMI Graduate School of Management

In 2023, POLIMI Graduate School of Management introduced a new innovative service for its students. In collaboration with Dialogica-Lab, the business school opened the ‘Psychological Support Service’ free for its students. Thanks to the partnership, students are able to access up to 10 individual sessions with psychologists and psychotherapists in Italian or English.

As well as this, POLIMI GSoM also use a provider called ‘International SOS’ – an organisation that provides assistance in emergency situations for international students. Available to access via an app, their services are available 24 hours a day in different languages. Their purpose is to connect the students in need with doctors, for example, according to their needs. This service also provides emotional support, completely free for students, which allows students to access counselling.

ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin is a school that recognises how the struggles of studying may have an adverse effect on a student’s mental health. As a result, they are committed to providing students with the appropriate resources, tools and support to look after their psychological well-being. This includes a dedicated Student Services Office, access to personal counselling with their external partner, mindfulness training, special consideration and more. They also have fantastic sports facilities available to students and actively encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Hult International Business School

Hult International Business School also have a dedicated global counselling and wellbeing team. These are highly qualified mental health professionals who are ready to provide students with the support they need to reach their full potential, with one-to-one counselling as well as practical and emotional guidance on issues regarding their mental and physical health. This service is incredibly valuable and accessible to their school community.

The University of Sussex Business School

The University of Sussex Business School decided to ask their students directly about how they could improve their student experience through their “You Said We Did” initiative. Through this, Sussex announced a series of actions they would undertake in direct response to students’ invaluable feedback.

These changes included enhanced mental health support, which led to additional training for teaching staff, workshops on national initiatives, and a student-led wellbeing ambassador programme. Their frontline staff also underwent Mental Health First Aid training, ensuring a supportive environment for all.

Sheffield Business School

New this academic year, Sheffield Hallam University has introduced a Wellbeing Adviser in each of its three Colleges. This gives Sheffield Business School students access to 50-minute 1-1 wellbeing appointments with a trained mental health professional. Hallam students can speak to a Wellbeing Adviser about an array of problems relating to their mental health.

Business school students are also able to access an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser, with weekly slots available both on campus and remotely. In addition to 1-1 bookable appointments, a range of workshops have also been delivered supporting students to better cope with the demands of their academic studies.

Overall, these business schools are showing how they are dedicated to prioritising student wellbeing through their highly valuable services. This is because the welfare of students is essential for nurturing their holistic development and creating a supportive environment where they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

For additional insights, trends and perspectives on Student Wellbeing, visit the conversation here.