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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!


Check out some FAQs and further resources below, and if you have any questions please get in touch with the research team over email or on twitter


Our team

Upcoming U-Flourish Events

WIN-BRC Talk: Pathology network mapping

Thursday, 09 April 2020, 2pm to 2.45pm @ Psychiatry Common Room

Old Age Psychiatry CPD meeting

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 2pm to 5pm @ Seminar Room, University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX

Student Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy at Oxford

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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