Who’s Who – Andy Winter, Campus Life Director
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Andrew. I was born in the North East and moved around the country working at different Universities (within the Students’ Union sector) before arriving at Nottingham almost 9 years ago. I have always been interested in student welfare having been Education and Welfare Officer at my uni, but I have a personal connection having had a diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety and Depression when I was in my mid-20s. I’m in a much better place now but I’ve had to build a good support system to keep those issues in check. In my private time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and kids, making art, playing video games, watching movies, and playing the guitar – badly.
What do you do?
My current role is Campus Life Director. I have responsibility for our Accommodation Office, our Childcare Services, Student Welfare (including Counselling, Chaplaincy, Health Improvement, and our Mental Health Advisory Service), Safeguarding, Student Discipline (including Conduct and Investigations), Student Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and our Off-Campus Affairs team who support students living in local communities.
Why did you get involved in the project?
As lead institution, I drafted the funding bid, working initially with colleagues from UUK and Student Minds to scope a project about international students given Nottingham’s tradition of transnational education and our 3 international campuses. I think we all believe that the area of International Student mental health is underexplored and we were keen to create something based on learning from our students and on best practice from across the sector.
Tell us about your header photo
As I said above, my family are really important to me and a big part of my support structure. We’re wearing cat ear headbands because my daughter Starla loves cats but this was a sad time because our cat Suki had gone missing (later discovered stolen but thankfully recovered!) and Starla had broken her favourite cat ears headband. The only replacement I could get was a pack of 12 headbands so we all grabbed colours we liked and took the photo. It was prime lockdown times. You’ve got to make your own fun…
Working in Partnership
The project is nation-wide, and we're making a real effort to engage with everyone interested in international student mental health, including universities, mental health services, students unions, sector bodies, charities and organisations such a private student accommodation.
The project is led by the University of Nottingham, in partnership with the University of Nottingham Students' Union, University of Leeds, Leeds University Union, SOAS, SOAS Students' Union, Student Minds and Campuslife Ltd.
Project funded as part of the Office for Students Mental Health Challenge Competition.