Dr Simon Merrywest has been Director for the Student Experience at The University of Manchester since 2017. His team support students through their journey from recruitment to graduation, including the extensive provision of student wellbeing and more specialist support. They also run a large residential and sport portfolio and operate four overseas centres. Simon’s previous roles with the University have been that of Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and prior to that was Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Life Sciences. He has a first degree in Anatomical Sciences from Dundee and a PhD in Neurobiology from St Andrews. Simon led the development of Manchester’s suicide strategy and has a particular interest in postvention support. He is also the co-chair of the Greater Manchester Student Mental Health Service Board.