Who can take part?

Any and all current UCL students!
In November 2019, all UCL students received an email from about phase one of SENSE. If you were over 18 and a UCL student, we wanted you to take part.
In the second and third phases, only those who took part in the first phase can take part.

Why is my response important?

We want to hear from as many students as possible, so that our findings represent as many students as possible. We know that the student body and their experiences are diverse. For this reason, every response is valuable and helps us to understand the range of university experiences and how these may impact on mental health in good and bad ways. We would like to hear from people who have never experienced mental health difficulties as well as those who have, so that we can understand more about the differences between these groups and use this information to help everyone.

Will my lecturers be able to access my answers?

You will be automatically assigned a randomised study ID number, and your survey responses and data from the UCL Registry will be linked to this study ID number only. Your student ID number and email address will not be stored with your survey responses.
All the information that we collect about you will be kept strictly confidential, and all efforts will be made to ensure that you cannot be identified from your answers. Your responses will not under any circumstances be passed on to any third parties, including your academic department, UCL student support services or your GP. There are no limits to this confidentiality.

What is Registry linkage? What happens if I say yes to it?

In order to help us understand which groups of people may be more likely to experience mental health problems, we need to collect information on your demographics and course. To keep the survey as short as possible, we want to access the information you have already provided to UCL. You will therefore be asked to consent to us accessing your data held by the UCL Registry.

None of your individual data or survey responses will be shared with UCL. We will send your Student ID number (only) to the Registry and they will use this to provide us with your data. You can withdraw your consent at a later date if you change your mind.

If you do not consent to this, you can still take part, you will just be asked to complete the questions about your demographics and course.

The Registry data we will receive does not include your name. It covers routine data collected by the registry office from students on enrolment and includes (if completed):

  • For everyone: Date of birth; Sex; Gender identity; Ethnicity; Sexuality; Religion; Domicile country/region; Nationality; Fee status (UK/EU/Overseas); Year of study or start date; Campus/distance learning; Mode of study; Academic programme; Academic level (e.g. undergraduate); Duration of programme; Faculty; Department; Accommodation type; Disability status. 

  • For UK students only: Parental occupation; Parental higher education; POLAR classification group (the proportion of 18 year olds from your home area who enter higher education); State/Independent schooling; Domicile UK region.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to SENSEstudy@ucl.ac.uk.

Do I have to keep completing the survey?

You can stop completing the survey at any time. If you close the survey, your answers will be saved automatically up until that point, so you can return to finish the survey later. If you wish for your responses to be deleted, then you can request this by emailing SENSEstudy@ucl.ac.uk.

If you complete the survey in term 1, you will be invited to complete additional surveys once per term over the next year. Getting survey responses from the same people at several time points will enable us to better understand how student wellbeing and mental health changes over the academic year, so that we can draw conclusions on how best to support students throughout the year. If you would like to withdraw from the follow-up time points (phases two and three), you can request this by email to the study email address (SENSEstudy@ucl.ac.uk) at any time without giving a reason.

Can I save my answers to come back and finish later?

If you close the survey, your answers will be saved automatically up until that point, so you can return to finish the survey later. You will need to return on the same device using the same link to resume where you left off. Phase one of SENSE will close for responses on 31st December 2019.

What are you planning to do with the results?

This is the first UCL-wide survey of students’ mental health and wellbeing. Your responses will contribute to knowledge in this important area, improving our understanding of student wellbeing and mental health and potentially improving the support provided to students at UCL and other universities.

We will report our results to senior management and student support services at UCL, and also hope to feed back to national policy organisations such as NUS, Universities UK and the Office for Students. In this way, we hope to effect change. It will not be possible to identify any individuals from any of these reports or publications as only summary data will be presented.

Some of the researchers will write up the results as part of their PhD theses. These findings will also be publicised more widely among student mental health researchers through published peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at conferences before this time and afterwards. Participants will be able to obtain copies of any publications which are produced as part of this project by emailing the study email address (SENSEstudy@ucl.ac.uk), and will find dissemination updates on this website.

How can I get in touch if I have a complaint?

Any serious problems or complaints should be reported to the Principal Researcher, Professor Glyn Lewis (glyn.lewis@ucl.ac.uk/ 0207 679 9253). If you feel that your complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction, you can contact the Chair of the UCL Research Ethics Committee by email (ethics@ucl.ac.uk).