Measuring Wellbeing in the Student Population

Alyson Dodd, Nicola Byrom

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Our ‘Measuring Well-being in the Student Population’ report, led by Alyson Dodd and Nicola Byrom, is the result of a sector-wide consultation that included undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers, student services colleagues, those working in Higher Education management and policy, and those working in relevant organisations.

The consultation was designed to understand what outcomes stakeholders believe to be important when it comes to measuring student well-being.

​Five priority areas were identified for measuring student well-being..
Priority clusters for measuring student wellbeing:
=1 Social support (support network, absence of loneliness or isolation)
=1 Coping (perceived ability to cope, having coping strategies and academic coping)
3 Eudaemonic wellbeing(functioning well, feeling motivated, able to engage in purposeful activity and find personal fulfillment)
4 Hedonic wellbeing (quality of life and subjective wellbeing, including happiness, positive affect, absence of negative affect, feeling satisfied with life)
5 Self-belief (self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-confidence)

Combined with findings from our published review on measuring student well-being, we mapped these priority areas on to published measures of well-being that have been used in UK students.

This is intended to be a practical tool for universities and relevant organisations to make informed decisions about how they measure well-being and yield opportunities for shared knowledge and collaboration across the sector, as well as help universities implement positive changes to support the well-being of their students.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherKing's College London
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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