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Foothold for the IET's Academic Partners

There are many benefits to being an academic partner of the IET.
Foothold is one of them.

We're an independent charity, supporting engineers and their families with whatever challenges they face in life. That support is there for students too. We know that student wellbeing has been impacted significantly during the pandemic. We also know that trying to meet the demand for wellbeing support and providing wellbeing solutions can put a strain on your resources. That’s why we want to let you know we’re here to help.

Our digital support is clinically verified and curated by experts. Crucially, it's also free and easy to access, without a middle person or hoops to jump through. We’re calling on universities teaching engineering to get in touch with us and help us reach more students who are in need of support.

wellbeing support

The Wellbeing Hub

  • Free, clinically validated support online.
  • From five minute sessions to longer wellbeing courses
  • Everything from relationships to addiction, stress and more
digital support


  • Led by experts in wellbeing
  • Available live and on-demand
  • Free to attend

Resource library

  • Physical and mental wellbeing
  • Legal and money advice 
  • Advice for carers

With our digital wellbeing resources, you can offer even greater levels of support to your students without committing additional time or money. As Foothold community members, we'll update you with the latest in our digital support. We'll raise awareness of wellbeing with your students and remind them that they’re not alone and support is available.

We’re just one click away! If you work in wellbeing or marketing services for your organisation, we'd love to hear from you. We can help you meet the growing wellbeing needs of your students immediately.


michaels mental health story
I'd let my mental health define me. But now I’m in control of it - it’s not in control of me. If I hadn’t got in touch with Foothold I wouldn’t be in this position. I really do appreciate everything. View story Read Michael’s story of his mental health journey

Your wellbeing hub was made possible by the generous fundraising of Gattaca plc. To find out how your workplace could help us support engineers and their families worldwide, click here.

A photo of Gareth Price, Foothold Trustee and Honorary Treasurer. He is smiling looking at the camera.

A statement from our Honorary Treasurer Gareth Price on our financial situation

Our Trustee Gareth Price explains how the IET's decision to stop collecting donations for Foothold may affect our support for engineers.

A family consisting or a man, woman and boy sitting at a table. Representing an IET member renewing his IET membership, the man is working on a laptop, whilst the woman and boy are doing a crafting activity together.

IET no longer collecting donations for Foothold with membership renewals

Learn about important changes between Foothold and the IET, and find out how you can #DonateDirect to help us support engineers in need.

Opening up new opportunities for the engineering community with the launch of our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme

Our new support programme is designed to empower neurodiverse engineering professionals, students and apprentices to achieve their full potential.