Research shows worrying impact Covid-19 has had on students

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NEW research has shown that students ability to reach their degree is being negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The findings published by the Royal Bank of Scotland also shows that students are turning to alcohol rather than university mental health resources to cope with stress.

The publication, which will be released in full this Friday, also showed that Glasgow students were most likely in the UK to rate online education for value for money.

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Photo by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash. The ability of students to achieve their degree is being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals the 2021 Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index.

 The full 2021 Royal Bank of Scotland Index is released in full on Friday 6 August, having surveyed more than 2300 students across the country.

Students were asked a range of questions, on fraud and scams, on how much they spend on essentials such as food, rent and bills, and how much time they spend studying, working and socialising.

Almost a fifth of students felt the pandemic negatively affected their ability to achieve their degree – particularly for students studying at Durham where it rises to over one in four students.

On average, only one in ten students valued the online resources provided by their university, for students in Glasgow this trebled to three in ten.

Cambridge students gave their university top marks for the overall support they were given during the crisis, with over one in four feeling highly supported compared to the UK average of under one in five.

In comparison, Durham received the lowest score of 8%, followed by Oxford at 11%.

 The move to an online education didn’t just impact how students were taught, it also affected their social lives.

Four in five students found it difficult to make new university friends while learning remotely, with London standing out as the easiest place to socialise and Durham the toughest .

The mental health of students has also taken a hit during lockdown. Over nine in ten  students used some kind of mechanism to cope with stress.

The most popular method to alleviate stress was a hobby while nearly half  sought support from friends.

More students said they turned to alcohol than accessed their university’s mental health resources .

Andy Nicholson, Royal Bank of Scotland Head of Student Accounts said: “The pandemic reshaped the way most of us work, and for many students this meant staying at home for lectures over Zoom, our 2021 Royal Bank Student Living Index reveals just how much this impacted students.

“As students begin to return to face-to-face learning, we have designed our Student Account offer to help students once again make the most of their time at university.”