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We aim to better understand the determinants of student wellbeing and academic success, and to evaluate the mental health support needs of students at Oxford.

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The Oxford U-Flourish Student Wellbeing and Academic Success Survey Study is a university-wide study, representing a collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford Student Union, the University Student Welfare and Support Service, and Queen's University, Canada. This research has been approved by the Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee.

The transition to university life is an exciting time, but it can also bring added life pressures and choices. Our aim is to better understand the determinants of student wellbeing and academic success, and to evaluate the mental health support needs of students. We also want to identify barriers and gaps students experience if they access mental health care in Oxford. Further, in light of recent world events, we also aim to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected student wellbeing and learning. We plan to use the information provided to inform the development of services and resources to help students flourish emotionally and academically at Oxford.

The study involves completing an online survey in Michaelmas, which takes approximately 10-15 minutes. A follow-up survey will be sent in Trinity to students who have completed any of our previous surveys. There will be further follow-up surveys in Michaelmas and Trinity of the following academic year. Survey data is strictly confidential and only the research team will have access to the responses. The study is being conducted independently of the students' college or course. Students are under no obligation to complete any of our surveys. 

The Michaelmas 2021 survey will be open to all first-year undergraduate students for completion from Wednesday 10th November until Wednesday 1st December. Returning students who have completed one or more of our previous surveys will also be emailed a private link on Wednesday 10th November.

Don't miss your chance to have your say!

We would very much like students to have their say and tell us what they need in order to feel well and succeed in their university studies.

Upon completion of the survey, students can enter a draw to win 1 of 5 iPads.

In October 2019, we invited all first-year undergraduates at Oxford to complete our survey. Please see below for what we found.

You can find some FAQs below on the right, and further resources below. If you have any questions please get in touch with the research team over email or on twitter.



If you are interested in taking part in further research that looks at COVID-19 and how we can better support wellbeing and mental health during and after the pandemic then please consider joining the PAIDEIA study, details of which may be found at


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The Student Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy outlines an institution-wide approach the University will take in the future to supporting students during their time at Oxford.

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