Higher education: student and staff wellbeing and mental health

About Higher education: student and staff wellbeing and mental health

In early 2020, we will be publishing a review of reviews on student mental health.

Mental health matters to overall wellbeing at all stages of life and its impact is relatively big. There is growing interest in taking action to improve mental health, and promote wellbeing, in a wide range of organisations including in Higher and Further Education.

Through research and clinical education universities and colleges play an important role in improving mental health and wellbeing in the UK. How universities and colleges create the conditions for those studying and working there, like in schools, workplaces and communities, is now getting greater
attention and funding.

Making sure that what is done is effective, cost-effective and, even if well-intentioned, doesn’t cause harm, is now a priority. This research aims to establish the global evidence base for all sectors to build on.

Across our lives

The biggest drivers of adult wellbeing (16 years and up) are:

  1. Emotional and physical health
  2. Partner relationship
  3. Employment

Find out more about the Centre’s work on lifelong wellbeing

Culture and sport


Employment transitions


Mental health treatment, early intervention


Evidence from the Centre:

Evidence from other sources:


Jul 8, 2020 | By Deborah Hardoon
Wellbeing at the heart of Covid recovery
Centre Blog
Jun 17, 2020 | By Adrian Bethune
Measuring wellbeing in schools and colleges
Guest Blog

External resource

  • World Happiness Report – happiness and voting behaviour
  • ONS governance and trust wellbeing data
In partnership with
  • Universities UK