Roehampton and a Multi-University Team awarded £218k grant from the Economic and Social Research Council
- Friday, June 12, 2020
The grant will research “the impact of university students' personal mental health and well-being capital on their life outcomes”.
Research in the last few years has consistently shown that the poor mental health of young people is associated with poorer life outcomes, including poorer academic outcomes at university, poorer mental health later in life and poorer employment outcomes. Research has also shown specific social characteristics to have an impact on a young person’s employment outcomes even when they attend university.
Consequently, in recent years there has also been a significant increase in concern regarding university students’ mental health and wellbeing. This is reflected in universities investing more in their mental health and wellbeing provision. However, more evidence is needed to find out whether these interventions will actually work for university students.
This research aims to provide timely information and insight into the Higher Education sector, to determine:
- The way in which university students’ mental health and wellbeing affects their adult life outcomes.
- The way in which university environments moderate these life outcomes amongst university students with various social characteristics.
The interdisciplinary team is led by Dr Anesa Hosein from the University of Surrey, and brings together the University of Roehampton’s Professor Cecilia A. Essau and partners from the Institute of Psychiatry.