How students feel post-application and what support universities can offer
Assets from the webinar held on 7 March 2023
Hosted by Grace Etheridge (Community Engagement and Student Voice Manager, TSR),
Jenny Smith (Policy Manager, Student Minds) and
Bethany Wiles (Research Manager, TSR Insight)
How students are feeling and what universities can do to support
- Almost all students feel concerned about something at the moment, largely related to their confidence in their own skills and abilities (as opposed to broader global issues)
- The ability to make friends and fear of loneliness continues to feature in students concerns as they consider starting university
- Life skills and money management are core skills students feel they need support in developing, along with getting a part-time job and learning time management techniques
- The majority of students are confident they could get support at university if they need it
- The majority of students feel the support services offered is an important factor in deciding which universities to apply to
- The transition to university comes at a pivotal point in school-leavers’ development, at which they are most likely to develop a mental health condition. Getting this transition right can set a student up for a successful academic, social and personal experience throughout university.
- Particularly with marketing and arrivals, consider the role that you could play in setting expectations - and whether that can be alienating or empowering. A whole-university approach is crucial here.
- For students with diagnosed mental health conditions, disclosing their condition to UCAS and/or their university can help them access support from the outset. Universities can play a role by signposting support in pre- and post-arrival materials, tackling worries about disclosure, clearly explaining the benefits, and destigmatising disclosure.
If you have questions that were not covered in this session, our Account Managers are happy to help you find the answers you need. You can also put your question directly to our student audience using TSR Asks (our monthly omnibus survey) and conduct your own student research to support future campaigns with the help of our TSR Insight team. Find out more about the research options available.
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Reports and resources referenced in the webinar:
- TSR Insight summary - How students feel post-application and what support universities can offer summary (Feb 2023)
- The Student Room - Student sentiment monthly updates
- Office for Students - Are all students being properly supported?
- University Mental Health Charter
- Student Minds - Support for me: Cost of living
- Student Minds - Know Before You Go
- Student Minds - Transitions resources
- Student Minds - Student Space
Student mental health resources
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. Students can find psychoeducational content and support on managing the uncertainties of university life, along with a support directory and student stories at www.studentspace.org.uk
Student Minds also offers:
- Psychoeducational content and support for students on managing the uncertainties of university life, along with a support directory and student stories
- Mental health training for students and university staff
- Research and insights on student mental health
- Improvement programmes, such as the University Mental Health Charter and Student Minds Students' Unions
- Fundraising opportunities and corporate partnerships