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Derry-based software firm Elemental wins contract with large Welsh universities

Elemental Software co-founders Jennifer Neff (left) and Leeann Monk Ozgul (right).

DERRY-headquartered Elemental Software has won a contract with universities in Wales to help transform how higher education students access wellbeing support.

Wrexham Glyndwr University and the University of South Wales (USW) selected the north-west firm’s social prescribing software for a Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) funded initiative that is intended to drive change across Welsh universities and colleges.

As part of the project - the first of its kind in Europe - Wrexham Glyndwr University is providing students with access to Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform, through which students will be able to connect with non-clinical services within and beyond the university to support a range of health and wellbeing needs.

USW is eyeing a similar approach. Ultimately, it is hoped, that a transferable model will be developed that can be rolled out across the higher education sector in Europe.

Jennifer Neff, co-founder and chief executive of Elemental Software said: “This partnership between Elemental and the two universities will enhance student wellbeing, build resilience, and promote new ways of working using social prescribing.

“By embedding Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform into student wellbeing and inclusion programmes, universities and colleges can connect students with non-clinical services within and beyond the institutions to support a range of issues that impact on student health and wellbeing needs.

“This means that students will have access to a whole system approach to well-being, while also empowering them to take control of their health.”

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