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NUS-USI launches wellbeing survey to examine pressures facing students

President of NUS-USI, Fergal McFerran

NUS-USI has launched a research survey for students in Northern Ireland examining the pressures they face.

The union hopes to obtain a better understanding of the impact those pressures have on student mental health and wellbeing.

President of NUS-USI, Fergal McFerran, said the challenges facing students today were increasingly diverse and complex.

"The mental health and wellbeing of our students are incredibly important to me, and I hope that through our research we can gain a better understanding of the nature of the everyday pressures faced by our students as a first step to having a more informed discussion about the kind of support they need," he said.

"Just a few years ago we carried out research in relation to student funding and finance. Thousands of students in Northern Ireland responded to that research, giving us an evidence base that was authoritative. As we launch this new research survey I want to encourage students across Northern Ireland to respond to our survey. This research is inclusive of all students across higher and further education in Northern Ireland."

Mr McFerran said the union wanted this new research to clearly identify and highlight the challenges students faced in relation to their wellbeing and mental health.

It will also examine the impact that such matters have on studies and other aspects of life.

"This is an important piece of research which we hope could help shape future decisions being made to support students," Mr McFerran added.

"We intend to use these findings to brief government and politicians on the challenges facing students and what's needed to help address the mental health and wellbeing challenges facing students here."

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