• Phil Packer

The President of Universities UK encourages every UK university to take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge

We are thrilled to share a video message from Professor Julia Buckingham CBE FMEdSci, President of Universities UK (UUK), to encourage every UK university to enter teams in the BRIT 2021 Challenge in order to support & improve young adult mental health & fitness.

Since the launch of the BRIT 2021 Challenge, the response from universities, colleges & students' unions throughout the UK has been tremendous.


We are inviting universities & colleges to register teams by the 16th May 2021 (the final day of Mental Health Awareness Week) and have extended the challenge until 1st July 2021, so that students & staff have the opportunity to take part.


If every university & college enters teams, the impact across the UK to support & improve student mental health could be extraordinary. All funds raised will be shared equally between our partner charities who deliver vital support to students & young adults; Nightline Association, PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide, Student Minds, The Charlie Waller Trust & BRIT.


We are honoured to have forged a partnership with UUK who have worked tirelessly to assist with our BRIT 2021 Challenge.


​John de Pury has been instrumental in coordinating the invaluable support we have received from the UUK Team. John is Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK and currently leads policy programmes on HE Innovation and Health and directs the UUK Health Research Networks. We are sincerely grateful to Julia, John and also to Alistair Jarvis (Chief Executive), Alastair Sim (Director, Universities Scotland), Amanda Wilkinson (Director, Universities Wales), Michael Thompson (Deputy Director of Communications & External Affairs), Clara Plackett (Senior Press & Social Media Officer) and Kristen Hinds (Executive Assistant, Policy Group).