helping students overcome pressures of higher education.


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“If you want to get a good job, you need a degree.” It’s a mantra that has been repeated by generations of parents, teachers and career advisors, with getting more people into higher education being the focus of government policy for decades.

For students, however, it’s not all plain sailing and there is a growing recognition that the people at the sharp end of higher education are experiencing pressures that are far greater than those faced by their predecessors.

Tuition fees, rising rents and the cost of living are contributing to larger student debts and money worries are contributing to stress that make students vulnerable to problems with their mental and physical health.

The fear of missing out can also lead to students burning the candle at both ends as they try to keep up with both their studies and their busy social lives.

An increasing numbers of students believe that their new qualification might not land them their dream job, it’s no wonder many are considering whether higher education is worth the bother.

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These are some of the key issues addressed in our new report, underpinned by new research including the Randstad Student Support survey of more than 1,300 students.

We examine questions like whether or not students are aware of options for financial support, where they can access support in times of crisis and how universities might be able to help them make the transition from education to employment more smoothly – and with less stress.

If you’d like to find out more about how students are dealing with the expectations of higher education, the main issues facing institutions and student bodies, as well as possible solutions and areas of best practice, download our report today or for a quick summary check out our ‘breaking point’ infographic.

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