In the 2016/17 academic year AMOSSHE, in collaboration with Unite Students, supported a series of member-led projects related to the theme “student resilience in an accommodation setting”.
These projects extend sector knowledge about how Student Services professionals can develop student resilience, specifically within a student accommodation setting, and contribute to the development of a sector-wide student resilience toolkit.
The aim of this project was to evaluate activities that will support the wellbeing of students in university accommodation. As the student community in university accommodation is transient, the project not only sought to identify the factors that contribute to success, but also map the organisational framework that will support the sustainability of activities with a new community each year. The activities focused on the external factors of social integration, support networks and social relationships. The project was supported by the University of Stirling’s Students’ Union, and the students were directly involved in identifying activities.
The project had these objectives:
The project utilised methods used in action research to work with students to investigate what they feel is important in a successful, respectful, inclusive and diverse student community, and to identify and pilot activities that will positively influence the development of this community.
The evaluation methods were determined by the type of activities, and included measuring uptake of activities amongst different groups of students, measuring access to formal support networks, and surveying the participants and others for feedback. Project leaders were encouraged to critically reflect on outcomes, and in particular the role the institution can play in facilitating the ongoing development of the community amongst students in student accommodation.
The project outputs / products include: