Festival of Social Science

Supporting University Students in Times of Global Health Crisis and Beyond: Findings from the UniCoVac Study

26 November 2021, 10.00am - 2.00pm

UniCoVac is a comprehensive study of university students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their experiences of vaccination, media coverage, and university and local community support. The ESRC-funded study uses a mixed methodology, combining a survey of the attitudes of a wide spectrum of University of Leicester students with in-depth interviews of representative individuals. The findings are yielding key insights into the kind of support students require during the current global health crisis. The study also has implications for non-pandemic times, including for the design of successful campus-based immunisation programmes for infectious diseases other than COVID. Another key area of intervention is the delivery of effective anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies by universities.

The UniCoVac research team will give short 5 to 10-minute presentations of data from the main questionnaire and a selection of case studies from the interviews representing a broad spectrum of student experiences during the pandemic. The workshop will be highly interactive: following each presentation, participants will be allocated to breakout rooms for a 10-minute discussion about the implications for student welfare and support. The outcome of these discussions will be recorded on Padlet and will be shared with the university sector.

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