Establishing a recovery college in a Scottish University

Marie McCaig, Lisa McNay, Glenn Marland, Simon Bradstreet, Jim Campbell

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– The purpose of this paper is to describe the establishment of the Dumfries and Galloway Wellness and Recovery College (The College) within the University of the West of Scotland.

– A narrative approach is taken to outline the project and justify its philosophy.

– Progress so far is outlined and the vision for the future is explained.

Social implications
– It is believed that stigma and discrimination are pernicious and pervasive and a concerted and deliberately conscious attempt is needed to establish an inclusive, egalitarian and aligned approach whereby practices match values base.

– This is justified as being in keeping with a philosophy based on the concepts of recovery, co-production co-delivery and co-receiving. Although not without precedent this development is innovative in being embedded within the university sector and challenging existing paradigms in terms of the positive and inclusive approach to mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalMental Health and Social Inclusion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Mental health
  • inclusion
  • Well being
  • Education
  • Recovery
  • Co-production Co-delivery
  • Co-receiving


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