Even in normal times, college life and learning contains natural stress points like project deadlines and exams… but Covid-19 has created stressors that are new and the mental wellbeing of our students has been severely impacted.
What are these impacts? We need as much information and insight as possible into how a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic affects the 3rd level student experience.
We want to hear directly from students in third-level on how they are coping with all the pressures related to Covid-19 and remote / blended learning.
We are approaching one year of an extraordinary learning experience for college students. Some have never even visited their campus or met any of their fellow students in person.
In all likelihood, they are facing at least another semester with very limited access, if any, to campus and all that comes with it.
We know from students and parents who contact us that Covid has had a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing, generally. We are setting out to measure that impact on students.
International research has produced alarming results regarding the impact Covid and public health restrictions have had on the mental health and wellbeing of students.
Despite the huge effort made by all the staff of colleges, remote / blended learning has substantial limitations from an educational perspective. However, the impact of the pandemic on the students’ lives go far beyond their formal education.
We want to know how students are coping. What are the key sources of stress and pressure on them? We also want to look at the positives that have brought them comfort and helped them through the past year.
Whatever the issues a student is facing, we want to hear from them and give voice to their experience.
Only by really listening to students will we be able to support and assist them. This is why I am asking students to take a few minutes to complete and share this survey. I want to sincerely thank the Union of Students Ireland (USI) and all those who contributed to the design of this important survey.