Launched in 2018
Funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research
In collaboration with Queens University, Canada, Oxford Student Union & Student Welfare and Support Services
u-Flourish student wellbeing research - All Oxford UNIVERSITY first-year undergraduates will be emailed a link to take part in a short online survey
The transition to university life is an exciting time, but it can also bring added life pressures and choices. We think this is a particularly important period of life to study in order to better understand how the university can support emotional well-being and academic success. This information will inform the development of services and resources to help students flourish. As Professor Duffy says:
More students are coming to university with different backgrounds, with varied past experiences, with different expectations, and at the same time emergent adulthood is the peak period of risk for onset of psychiatric illness that will persist if untreated and is associated with school failure and drop-out. Add in substance use and it’s this kind of perfect storm of all these risk factors hitting a person right at the most vulnerable time in their development, and when they don’t have the external structure that family brings readily available to them whilst studying away from home.
We are a group of researchers based at the university who are interested in improving support for students during their studies. Our research team is a collaboration between the Oxford Student Union, the University Welfare Team, the Department of Psychiatry and Queen's University, Canada.
All first-year undergraduates at the University of Oxford will be emailed a link to take part in a short online survey, and a further follow-up survey in Hilary Term. All information will be held confidentially by the research team and the study is being conducted independently of the students' college or course.
All participating students will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10 iPads, and for any college that hits 50% or greater response rate from first-year students there will be an additional within-college iPad draw! Have your say!
Frequently Asked Questions
Participants will be asked to participate in a short online survey. The survey will ask about participants' background, family relationships, past emotional experiences, lifestyle (such as physical activity, substance use), physical and mental health, and academic outcomes. The study is voluntary and responses are confidential. You may withdraw at any time.
We hope that the findings will help us better understand the health needs of university students and what personal and lifestyle factors are associated with academic success. Ultimately this information should help us to improve resources and services for students. Participants who complete both of the surveys are eligible to enter a draw to win one of 10 iPads.
We hope that the findings will help us better understand the health needs of university students and what personal and lifestyle factors are associated with academic success. Ultimately this information should help us to improve resources and services for students.
Participants who complete both of the surveys are eligible to enter a draw to win one of 10 iPads.
If you are concerned about your mental health, please follow the 'Read More...' link below to find some contacts that you might find useful.
Your GP: Book an appointment with your GP. They can offer advice or refer you to other more specific services to get help.
University Counselling Service: The Service offers free and confidential support, but it is not an emergency service.
MIND: Mind is a mental health charity. To ask about mental health or mental health services, or to find out more about a particular Mind service, phone the MIND Information Line on 01865 263730.
Students Against Depression: An award-winning website offering information, blogs and resources to help students find their way forward from low mood or depression
Student Minds: Student Minds is a national student mental health charity working to encourage peer interventions for student mental health.
The Samaritans: Trained volunteers are able to listen to you any time day or night. We can help you talk through whatever is troubling you, find the answers that are right for you, and offer support. Call on: 116 123 / or by the Oxford branch phone number on 01865 722122.
FRANK: For friendly, confidential drugs advice, call FRANK on: 0300 123 6600
IN AN EMERGENCY: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and think that you might be unable to keep yourself safe, visit your nearest A&E department or call 999.
Have a read of a blog post from Phoebe Barr on the Student Minds website.