student services and students' unions

Cibyl research helps you to understand your students and their needs, how they are engaging with the services you offer and how this compares with the national benchmark across the higher education sector.

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Cibyl UK Student Mental Health Study

This research project was first commissioned in 2019 as a stand-alone research project to better understand student mental health. Launching during the pandemic and finding three in five students citing experience of mental health difficulties, the project partners came together and evolved the project into becoming an annual tracking study.

One of the biggest surveys of its kind, sampling over 12,000 students from 100+ UK universities, it’s allowed us to explore some key questions about the state of student mental health and the support students are receiving at university and from their future employers as they transition into the world of work.

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UK universities

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Project partners

Project objectives

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To be the leading source of insight on the state of student mental health across the UK, tracking progress year on year
Caitlin Ward
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Measure the ongoing impact of efforts by universities and graduate employers to improve outcomes
Matthew Webster
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Understand how universities and employers can work together to prepare students for the transition into the workplace, building a more resilient workforce
Paige Brennan
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Explore mental health statistics at individual universities, with the aim of producing tailored benchmarking reports for partner universities
Harrison Atkins
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Develop practical recommendations to improve student and graduate wellbeing and mental health, to prevent mental ill health and to support those experiencing difficulties
Demi Mason
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Help universities measure their student mental health outcomes against the Mental Health Charter
Josh Quinn
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Our mental health insights

Thank you to all our 2023 project partners and supporters

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The Student Experience Insights platform

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We are working to create the UK’s most useful and most up to date source of insights into the student experience. Belong’s mission is to provide students’ unions with a robust, reliable and regular way to gain insights into the student experience of the moment. The platform is a partnership between the leading student research consultancy, Cibyl (Group GTI), and the home of the UK higher education debate, Wonkhe.

We all know that the student voice matters and prioritising actions are more important than ever, but that capacity and budgets are tight. Without contemporary, robust and benchmarkable data reflecting different student groups, your ability to represent the student body is limited.

Belong provides this crucial understanding of the student experience. With unprecedented access to students' voices from across the UK higher education sector, we hop that Belong’s insights will be at the forefront of your discussions within the university and across the sector. We combine the rigour of Cibyl’s research with the analysis of Wonkhe to provide a way to support students’ unions to see and gain support to drive the best actions.

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We work with employers and educators to understand students: their ambitions, perceptions of sectors and brands, skills needs, candidate experience and wellbeing.