How to coordinate Longitudinal Studies into Student Wellbeing

There is limited robust data on psychological wellbeing in university students. We don't know enough about what the rates of student mental health problems are, what are the risk and protective factors, or how to intervene to prevent, detect difficulties and provide help.

Longitudinal studies provide a starting point for building up this evidence base. The SMaRteN Network has funded academics, clinicians and students at the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield and York to help coordinate the running of longitudinal student cohorts across the university sector. The work has a number of objectives, including:

  • To provide guidance for universities looking to establish longitudinal studies through virtual 'Cohort Clinics'

  • To provide an open access Cohort Starter Kit that contains standardised study protocols, ethics proformas, and participant-facing documents

  • To establish agreement across the sector about procedures for collecting data including which standardised measures to use

  • To explore the opportunities for data-linkage & sharing across universities.

How can I get involved?

Set up your study

We want to make it easy for researchers to setup their own longitudinal studies so we have created a Cohort Starter Kit - a suite of study documents that are ready to be adapted to your institution for implementation. These documents are free to use and include a study protocol, ethics and data protection forms, participant information, and other useful setup material.

Receive guidance at virtual Cohort Clinics

We will host regular drop-in Virtual Cohort Clinics to support those who wish to setup their own cohorts or are in the process of doing so.

We encourage both researchers and students to join.

Upcoming Dates

Wed 16th Feb at 1pm

Tue 12th Apr at 10am

Mon 13th Jun at 11am

Get in touch and get started

We are interested in hearing from anyone who is planning to run a longitudinal study at a university or is already running one. Complete the contact form to:

  • Receive announcements for upcoming virtual Cohort Clinics,

  • Get your free Cohort Starter Kit.


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