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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 undergraduate students at Oxford.

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 wellbeing and academic success. This information will inform the development of services and resources to help students flourish. Our research team is a collaboration between the Oxford Student Union, the University Welfare Team, the Department of Psychiatry, and Queen's University, Canada.

In October 2019, we sent all first-year undergraduates at the University of Oxford a link to complete our survey. Please see below for what we found.

In May 2020, we sent a follow-up survey to students who completed our initial survey. Thank you to all students who completed the survey. We will shortly update the website with our findings.

We plan to continue with this research to find out more about how we can support student wellbeing and develop relevant services. We will shortly release further information about the next phase of our research.


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

Our team

Latest News

Professor Anne Duffy speaks on BBC Radio 4's series: The Anatomy of Melancholy. The series is a guide to what it is to suffer melancholy in the 21st century. Professor Duffy features in Episode 8

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What students told us in our first survey

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Find out more about how to look after your wellbeing at university

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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. http://www.ox.ac.uk/wellbeingatoxford

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