Brain in Hand have developed an award winning support system which enables users to cope smoothly with everyday situations.

Brain in Hand tech helps university reach prestigious awards

Exeter based Brain in Hand have assisted De Montfort University in successfully shortlisting for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) in the category of Outstanding Student Services Team.

The judges selected the university in recognition of its decision to implement Brain in Hand and its positive impact.

De Montfort chose to introduce Brain in Hand for students with mental health conditions and autism, helping to create independence and life skills for students who may otherwise struggle with adapting to university life.

Jo Cooke, Executive Director of Student and Academic Services and Associate Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m so proud of the team and the students for their commitment to implementing this support system, which makes a real difference to those students with autism who may otherwise struggle with adapting to university life.

“It helps our students with participation, communication and independence. It is such an important project and it is fantastic to have the work recognised on the THELMA shortlist.”

Speaking of the shortlisting and relationship with De Montfort, David Fry, CEO of Brain in Hand said: “We are delighted that De Montfort are arming its students with our technology. I am so proud when I hear of the transformation it is making in students’ lives, helping them to stay in education.”

The Brain in Hand team, who are SETsquared Exeter members, based at the Innovation Centre, have developed an award winning support system which enables users to cope smoothly with everyday situations. Combining a tailored website and phone app with remote support from mentors, the system can be tailored to suit individuals and their daily lives including diarising activities and charting moods.

Alongside students selecting Brain in Hand as part of their Disabled Students Allowance, an increasing number of universities are also adopting the software.  Brain in Hand helps to transform the way Universities support students with hidden disabilities and mental health problems, so they can really enjoy their time at university and reach their full potential.  It helps university support teams to support increased numbers of students and provide intervention when it’s needed most.


Date: 24 May 2017

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