Student Mental Health Services Allocated £150k

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As confirmed by the Insight Network survey of nearly 38,000 students this week, students moving into their second and third year of study report the highest rates of anxiety and loneliness as academic pressures intensify.

He has challenged universities to focus on successful participation as well as admissions, particularly for students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups who are more likely to drop out.

Nearly all of the respondents said they want to know if their university is in financial difficulty, which is in contrast to the current practice of hiding it from students, researchers say.

"Studying at university can involve a transient lifestyle, with many students who live at university during term time and at home during much of the rest of the year spending significant time from their mental health support, including their registered GP surgery". We have seen a consistent increase in the number of students accessing our student support services year on year and our team there have worked incredibly hard to respond to this need, but we welcome the additional support and connections that we can build on within this project.

"These economic, physical and cultural characteristics can lead to very specific constraints on progression performance". Universities UK continues to play a leading role in setting out an ambitious vision for the sector and in convening a whole-system response to achieve change.

The network will firstly look at "what works" to help students handle the challenges of moving into higher education and spread good practice from examples of initiatives, such as the University of Huddersfield's award-winning Flying Start inductions and the University of Portsmouth's Welcome Ambassadors project, Student Minds' Transitions and Know Before You Go, as well as measures developed through the Office for Students' Challenge Competition projects. Across all students, the average drop-out rate was 6.3 per cent.

Tom, a third-year student at the University of Manchester, said: "My mental health issues were definitely made worse at university, and so universities definitely have a duty to do more".

Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast, said: "At Queen's, we have excellent support mechanisms in place as the welfare of our students is our number one priority".

"Despite the expansion of higher education in England, our continuation rates remain high relative to other countries".

"We should not, though, let a positive national picture mask the situation at some universities and other higher education providers where non-continuation rates are higher than students deserve".

One in five said they had a current mental health diagnosis, most commonly depression, at 10.2 per cent, and anxiety, at 8.4 per cent. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Belfast HSC Trust and Queen's University to provide students living in Belfast with the mental health support they need.

A London Met spokesman said: "London Met is committed to giving our students the best possible chance of transforming their lives through education". By taking part in this research study you can help to improve the understanding of the conditions many students at Cardiff University are experiencing.