University of Bath

Help us improve support for first time students

Take part in our new psychology study and help us understand how changes in your social network and support may be linked to adjustment to university life.

For this study we want to understand how changes in your social network and the support they provide is linked to adjustment to university life.
For this study we want to understand how changes in your social network and the support they provide is linked to adjustment to university life.

What we’re doing

The start of your first year at university can be a challenging time. You might be leaving your home for the first time, trying to make new friends, and also juggling starting new academic courses. You might also have to start to learn how to cook, do laundry, and learn to live more independently.

With this study researchers in our Department of Psychology want to better understand how changes in the people around you, and the support they provide you with, might be related to adjustment to first year of university life.

Take part

To be eligible for this study you must:

  • be aged between 17-19
  • a first-time, first-year university student
  • have completed secondary education in the UK
  • not be married / living with romantic partner at time of moving to university

All eligible students can take part, and we are especially interested to hear from students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Asperger’s Syndrome), and specific learning or physical disabilities.

What’s involved

If you are eligible, we will email you a link to fill out some questionnaires about how you are doing, and your social network and support. In total, there will be three questionnaire sessions spread over the course of your first year:

Session 1 will be in September and October. Session 2 will be in December and January. Session 3 will be in March and April.

Each session will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

What you'll get

For each questionnaire session you complete, you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of two £50 Amazon gift vouchers.

To take part, email j.lei@bath.ac.uk

More about the study

Jiedi Lei, who is leading the project, explained: “This is an exciting opportunity for first year university students to get involved in a research study that is about themselves, as we are interested in understanding who they consider to be most important and supportive to them throughout their first year of university life.

"Participating in this study will be really helpful for support services during transition planning to help first year students to better adapt to university life, and by integrating student voices, we can also provide more targeted support for students with disabilities, benefitting many more students in the future.”