Belonging and wellbeing in higher education

A recent survey of nearly 1000 individuals found that a lack of belonging to the local community may be related to feelings of loneliness. This research found the issue to be particularly acute for individuals from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, who may feel less welcome in their community than White individuals. Conceptualising belonging in higher education is therefore likely to be important too, but this may be difficult since belonging is unlikely to be a fixed state of being…

Modelling mental health inequalities within an intersectional framework

One of the unique angles of the #StudentWellLives Project is that we are using an intersectional approach to investigate mental health inequalities. Lawyer and scholar, KimberlĂ© Crenshaw, was the first person to come up with the term intersectionality. She wanted to show how discrimination in employment occurred for Black women – and that the discrimination did not occur because they were Black or because that they were women, but because they were Black women…

Differentiating between mental health and wellbeing

Currently, in the #StudentWellLives project we are grappling with how to define mental health and wellbeing. Often, the terms mental health and wellbeing are used interchangeably, but research suggests they should be viewed as being connected, but conceptually distinct (Keller, 2020). It might be useful to think of wellbeing as a broader concept that encompasses a range of factors experienced at an individual, community and national level…

Project launch and start of phase 1

The Student Wellbeing & Life Outcomes Project launched at the beginning of July and we have got straight to work on the first phase of our four-phase project. As a secondary data analysis project, our main job at the moment involves preparing various data for analysis…