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The 2017 Student Survey – Here’s what you told us

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The results of the 2017 Student Survey were much the same as the previous survey two years earlier. LiU’s students are proud of the university; they recommend their programme to others and are happy with their life as a student. However they increasingly mention negative stress and mental health problems.

The Student Survey, conducted every two years, aims to discover how LiU students perceive their situation as students on the whole. It takes the temperature of the student body, providing the university and the student unions with information that can help them deliver improvements in the future. The response rate for this year’s survey was 42%, compared to 55% in 2015.

Most are happy

As in the previous survey, a clear majority, 84%, are happy with life as a student. They like the study environment and student life, are proud of their university and recommend it to others. Nolle-P (a sort of Fresher’s Week) and the University Library received extra praise.
Roger Klinth, deputy vice-chancellor for education:

“The positive comments might not be so surprising; they’re in line with previous surveys. But it’s still nice to get these signals. Building on what works well is just as important as addressing the points that don’t work so well.”

Stress and mental health problems increase

Adverse results include negative stress and mental health problems. 44% of the students cite negative stress as an obstacle to their studies, and the number of students suffering from mental health problems has doubled since 2010.

“Unfortunately that result isn’t surprising, because similar tendencies can be observed amongst young people in society in general. Nevertheless it’s a challenge, and it’s important to dig deeper into what the cause could be, and based on that analysis take effective measures,” says Roger Klint.

Regarding the physical work environment, the students give low marks to the availability of quiet places, and places for relaxation. Again, Roger Klinth:

“The construction of the Student Building on Campus Valla is one example of a measure that has been taken to meet this need. But since it won’t be completed for some time, we’re also working on making other buildings more suited to quiet study, for instance by creating different zones.”

What next?

“The next step will be a detailed, systematic analysis and interpretation of the survey responses, a collaboration between LiU and the students. The aim is to revise or develop new action plans for each level. These will be presented in early 2017.”

“To address the issues of stress and mental health more effectively, Student Health, among others, will gain additional resources. The university isn’t responsible for the health of students, but we work actively with preventive measures, and will continue to do so.”

Key figures from the 2017 Student Survey

  • 84% are happy with student life.
  • The programmes with highest satisfaction rates are Innovative Programming, Applied Biology and Applied Physics – International.
  • The programmes Culture, Society and Media, Speech and Language Pathology and Air Traffic Management and Logistics have the lowest satisfaction rates.
  • Student Counselling Services have improved by 0.3 points over the past five years.
  • Nolle-P (Fresher’s Week) gets high marks (4.4 of 5); single-subject courses don’t do as well.
  • Service at the University Library is considered very good (4.3 of 5).
  • The availability of quiet places, and places for relaxation, get low points: 2.7 out of 5.
  • 40% of the free-text responses are about premises and the physical work environment.
  • 44% mention negative stress as an obstacle to their studies.
  • The percentage of students suffering from mental health problems has doubled since 2010 – from 11% to 22%.
  • 7% have experienced discrimination based on gender.
  • Compared to 2015, more students report that the demands to perform are a challenge, in a negative way.
  • One in three students wants more scheduled time – in particular at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

The complete 2017 Student Survey report (only in Swedish)



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Last updated: 2017-06-01