Feeling the strain: Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on university students

Why student mental health research?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health has been widely publicised, and experienced first-hand by a huge proportion of the UK population.

As researchers in both sustainability and education, we wanted to explore the impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health, as well as their perceptions of the pastoral care they have received.

Isolation takes its toll

To bring further insight to student mental health research, we conducted an online survey with 1,055 students in the UK, and found that:

  • 72% felt their mental health had been negatively impacted during the pandemic.
  • Only 41% agreed they had been provided with enough pastoral care.
  • Factors felt to be exacerbating negative feelings included a perceived lack of communication, consideration, social opportunities and mental health services.

Interested in your own research?

Our dynamic team of researchers has the experience and sensitivity to engage respondents of all ages and encourage them to open up about the challenges they face and the solutions they hope to see.