The British Active Student Survey 2019/2020 has been launched for students attending UK colleges and universities, with the aim of understanding physical activity levels and the relationship between health and wellbeing, academic attainment and employability.
The ukactive Research Institute, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), and AoC Sport have partnered with Matrix Fitness and Sport England, to continue the evolution of the British Active Students Survey, which will close on Friday 20 December 2019.
For the first time this year, the British Active Students Survey will be sent to students attending both further and higher educational institutions in order to build on the evidence built over the past three years.
In return for completing the survey, students will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning one of six £50 ASOS gift vouchers.
Data collected across Scottish universities (2016/2017), British universities (2017/2018), and British colleges (2018/2019) has revealed that active students have higher mental wellbeing, social inclusion, and more positive perceptions of academic attainment and employability compared to inactive students.
Similar findings are also present in students who took part in sport and attended the gym, compared to students who did neither.
The British Active Student Survey for 2019/2020 will include additional questions to understand motivations behind physical activity, links to competitive sport within an institution as well as against other institutions, and further insights into mental wellbeing such as the levels of student loneliness.
Institutions will have the opportunity to receive the data in order to undertake a comparison to the data reported for further and higher education.
Data will be made available if an institution is able to get five per cent of their full-time equivalent students to complete the survey.
Dr James Steele, Principle Investigator at the ukactive Research Institute, said: “The findings and evidence produced from the British Active Student Survey to date have shown how those who are more active and take part in sport and gym-based activities have better mental wellbeing, inclusion, perceptions of succeeding academically and, ultimately, becoming employed.
The University of Westminster encourages all students to stay active both physically and mentally. The Student Union is also working hard to represent an active student community with a diverse range of choices in extracurricular activities and sports.
To participate in the survey, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BritishActStuSurv