Reporter 448, 6 March 2000


Are our students having quality time?

A four-year initiative due for full-scale launch in October is already keeping a close eye on quality of student life and learning at Leeds University.

Currently being piloted in 24 departments across all the University’s faculties, UNIQoLL - the University National Initiative on Quality of Life and Learning - is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the UK.

Joining forces for the initiative are the Schools of Psychology and Computer Studies and the Students’ Union. Its steering group has representatives from all relevant areas of the University and the aim is to investigate everything from health and well-being to overall satisfaction levels with the academic experience.

All the questionnaires are strictly confidential and the information collected over the next four years will help departments tackle the University's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to student life.

So far, some 800 students have completed the first pilot survey on expectations of the University, learning styles and well-being. The first findings show that students’ general well-being is closely linked to academic satisfaction. Financial problems are a major worry.

The next area of investigation will focus on everything from accommodation issues, to student perceptions of University support services and mental well-being.

For more information and results on the UNIQoLL project see www.scs.leeds.ac.uk/uniqoll

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