Fantastic start to library and student wellbeing project
  • January 16, 2020

Fantastic start to library and student wellbeing project

In our ongoing work with university libraries it’s become clear that there’s a need to better understand the positive role libraries can play in student wellbeing. Just before Christmas, we ran a workshop that brought together  representatives from five University libraries alongside our student experience insight team to shape a new collaborative project that will offer fresh insight into this crucial issue.

Speaking after the event Simon Bains, University Librarian & Head of Library services at the University of Aberdeen said:

I’m delighted that Aberdeen is part of this project. Student wellbeing is an increasingly important part of university planning and libraries are well-placed to make a really important contribution. Events like this workshop are also fantastic opportunities to share experiences and learn from each other. Definitely time well spent.Simon Bains, University Librarian & Head of Library services at the University of Aberdeen

Hot topics of discussion at the session included the role of 24/7 library opening hours and the pros and cons of this trend in relation to student wellbeing; balancing the work of libraries with that of other university departments; the expanding role of library academic support into areas like resilience and mindfulness; supporting staff to make appropriate and safe interventions; and the massive opportunities for libraries to have a positive impact on the students they see every day. Damian Miller, Research Director at Alterline, reflected about the session that:

Collaboration is an important part of the way we work at Alterline and sessions like this are a vital part of ensuring that we deliver actionable insight that has a real impact for our Higher Education communities. The day was a fantastic opportunity for networking and discovery, sharing knowledge and shaping this exciting piece of research.Damian Miller, Research Director, Alterline

The libraries currently involved in the ‘Role of libraries in student wellbeing‘ collaboration include:

  • The University of Dundee
  • The University of Aberdeen
  • The University of Hertfordshire
  • The University of Exeter
  • The University of Salford

The project will generate fresh quanitative and qualitative evidence from a national sample of undegraduate students and culminate in a strategic insight report and set of recommendations for the libraries involved.

Find out more about getting involved
The insight project will run until June 2020 and there’s still time to get involved. If your library is interested in joining the collaboratoin please contact Sharon Steele, Client Communities Manager at sharon.steele@alterline.co.uk for more information.