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Exploring the Wellbeing of Current and Recent University Students:

Previous research has demonstrated that up to 85% of university students experience some form of psychological distress, with one in three having a mental-health disorder. Therefore, to provide valuable insights as to how we can minimise this issue within the tertiary-education system, Cameron Williams from the Black Dog Institute (UNSW) has researched student wellbeing for the last five years. Across his work, Cameron explores optimal ways to enhance university trajectories and students’ outcomes, and has surveyed ~7,500 university students (representing all Australian universities), to provide some of the first large-scale data of this kind in the world. Ultimately, Cameron is very passionate about ensuring that the ‘student voice’ is listened to and acted upon whenever possible.

As part of his most recent work, Cameron and his colleagues from the Black Dog Institute are running an online survey to explore the wellbeing of current and recent students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This important piece of research may provide useful information to policy-makers (e.g., educational leaders and government departments) relating to this topic.

If you have the time, and are a current student or a recent student (i.e., studied within the last three-years) from an Australian university, Cameron would love your input in this survey (which is accompanied by a $100 gift-card prize-draw). Survey: www.mystudentsurvey.weebly.com Email: Cameron.Williams@unsw.edu.au

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