U-Flourish Student Wellbeing Research
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
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.
What students told us in our first survey
Frequently Asked Questions
Participants were asked to complete a short online survey in October 2019. The survey asked about participants' background, family relationships, past emotional experiences, lifestyle (such as physical activity, substance use), physical and mental health, and academic outcomes. A follow-up survey was sent in May 2020. The follow-up survey aimed to learn about student experiences over the academic year, and asked about lifestyle, wellbeing, and health care access. Each survey took approximately 10 -15 minutes to complete.
We are currently planning the next stages of this research and will provide some additional information shortly.
The study is voluntary and responses are confidential. It is being conducted independently of the students' college or course. Participants 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.
If you are concerned about your mental health, here are 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.
Each college at the University of Oxford will be linked to a GP, known as a ‘college doctor’. To find out the contact details of your college doctor, click on this link. Alternatively, you can register with an alternative medical practice if you prefer.
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. Trained staff and volunteers will be able to give you details of services in your area and talk through options with you.
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. They 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 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 Accident and Emergency department or call 999.
Have a read of a blog post from Phoebe Barr on the Student Minds website.