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An Education Emergency

Student wellbeing is currently facing significant challenges, with recent studies in the UK revealing that 69% of university students are grappling with mental health issues. Moreover, ongoing research suggests that this situation has continued to deteriorate. This concern extends beyond borders, evident not only in the US but also in K-12 institutions worldwide. The pervasive nature of this crisis underscores its utmost importance for educational institutions globally.

Why is Student Wellbeing so Important 

Student wellbeing is fundamental to successful student learning and development. Students who suffer from mental health issues and do not receive appropriate support often have poor academic development and employment outcomes. This can be due to lower attainment, progression and success. Supporting student welfare is key to improving diversity and inclusivity in education. Often students who suffer with poor mental health come from already disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Without proper supports these students are least likely to achieve positive academic outcomes and succeed in education.  The Student Loan Company’s most recent report links the crisis to rising student drop-out rates. Solving the issue of falling student retention rates may firstly involve improving student wellbeing and support.

Nearly 30,000 students across the UK quit their University course of study this academic year.

Student Loan Company Report

Student using laptop to participate in online learning

How to Improve Student Wellbeing at your Institution

There are a few crucial elements to student wellbeing support in educational institutions.

The emergence of the student wellbeing crisis calls for greater care and attention to be paid to the student journey. Ultimately supporting student wellbeing and aiding student success is the responsibility of education providers. Unfortunately due to time and workload restraints, and financial pressures, resources at many educational institutions are already stretched incredibly thin. Staff need assistance in recognizing warning signs and reaching out to students.

Implementing Institution-Wide Policies and Support Systems

Educational institutions should make it a priority to implement an institution-wide wellbeing policy. This should focus on a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Intelligent use of student attendance and engagement data can provide key indicators to staff, sending automatic alerts when students may be struggling. Personal tutor dashboards can monitor student progression and engagement across the whole of the new blended model of teaching and learning delivery. This saves valuable time needed for outreach and support provision.

To ensure the wellbeing of student investment in education, education providers need to invest in student welfare.


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