Service statistics


In 2015-16 we registered 2285 students (approximately 10.2% of the population of the University) which continues the trend of increasing numbers presenting to the service:


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13% of the students we saw were seen for an initial session on the day that they first made contact with us and most were seen within 10 working days. 899 same day Drop in sessions were provided.

Using the COREnet evaluation tool to measure psychological wellbeing, 84% of the students we saw were considered to be psychologically unwell and in the clinical population. 32% of students using our service present with some level of risk to themselves or others and 28% were experiencing suicidal ideation.

The most common presenting issues in the 2015-16 year were:

Anxiety (39%)

Depression (34%)

Problems with Study (27%)

Relationship Problems (21%)

Low self esteem (20%)

There has been a positive response to the increase in our group work programme this year. A total of 1653 group sessions were attended. Evaluations received from our group programme indicate that 91% found the group helpful with 67% feeling it helped them do better in academic work.

97% of those attending workshops completed and evaluation form of these 94% rated them as good or excellent and 98% would recommend the counselling service to a friend.

Who comes to Student Counselling?

33.7% of those seen identified as male, 66% female and 0.26% as trans or nonbinary gender identities.

Most students were in their 20s.

21% were Postgraduates and 79% undergraduates.

76% of those registered were home students, 9% EU and 15% International students

Disabled students were also over represented in relation to University ratios, and of these 51% declared a mental health difficulty (a 7% increase on last year.)

Of those who answered the question about sexual identity (about 68% of those registered), 86% identify as heterosexual (4% fewer than last year) and we appear to have a rise in students identifying as bisexual, from 5% in 2014-15 to 8% in 2015-16, with other orientations the same as last year (asexual 1%, gay man 4%, lesbian 1%.) 

80% of students registering with SCS declare their ethnic origin. Of these 77% describe themselves as white, with the next largest being Chinese (5%). There are no significant changes in demographic from last year.

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