• Phil Packer

The University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol takes on the BRIT 2021 Challenge

We are delighted that UWE Bristol is uniting with us and taking on the BRIT 2021 Challenge.

The enthusiasm and engagement from The Students' Union for our BRIT 2020 Row Britannia Challenge was fantastic and we are delighted that students and staff at UWE Bristol are excited to be taking on the BRIT 2021 challenge this year.

Professor Steve West CBE DL is Vice-Chancellor and President of UWE Bristol and also the Chair of Universities UK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group. Steve has been integral to our planning, coordination and approach to invite UK universities to register for The BRIT Challenge in 2021. His advice and guidance over the past year have been a tremendous help.


We are sincerely grateful that Steve is supporting us by championing the BRIT 2021 challenge and both asking and encouraging every UK Vice-Chancellor and College Principal to embrace the challenge;


"Universities across the country are increasingly focusing on how we can engage with and support more effectively our staff and student communities. We do this in partnership with many other organisations and people. The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) delivers inspirational opportunities for our communities to come together to raise awareness, have fun and raise money for the charities who help us to improve mental health. What sets BRIT apart, and why universities across the UK should come together with FE colleges to take on BRIT’s Challenges, is their collaborative approach to unite institutions in support of young adult mental health. In light of COVID-19, we need BRIT’s 2021 Challenge to complement our own support to students, and staff, in order to improve mental and physical health. I ask every Vice-Chancellor and College Principal to embrace, support and promote the BRIT 2021 Challenge as a feelgood fundraising event for students and staff to take part in and improve their mental health and fitness; be that on campus or at home. As Vice-Chancellors, we have the ability to increase participation and fundraising capability by providing resources to our students, writing to our alumni and encouraging business partners to donate. If ever there was a time to come together and underpin BRIT’s collectively powerful approach, it is now.”

Professor Steven West CBE DL Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol Chair of Universities UK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group

Professor Steve West CBE DL, VC, UWE Bristol

We wish all students and staff at UWE Bristol the very best of luck with their BRIT 2021 challenge fundraising efforts and 2,021 mile target.