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Study environment survey: Well-being on the up

Monday 12 Nov 18

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Martin Etchells Vigild
Senior Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs
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About the survey

10,535 students were sent the questionnaire, 3,837 of whom completed the entire survey while 276 only answered some of the questions.
The report on this spring’s study environment survey has been published. DTU has a good study environment, but 44 per cent of the students experience daily stress.

“I’m very happy when I look at the figures from the Study Environment Survey—DTU has a fantastic study environment,” says Adam Sommer, student and socio-political coordinator for PF. As a member of DTU’s Study Environment Committee, he has carefully reviewed the report and will now help to prepare a plan for further improvement.

In recent years, DTU has done a lot to improve the physical study environment—a fact that is clearly evidenced by the survey. For example, overall satisfaction with auditorium functionality has increased by eight percentage points since the last survey in 2015. And satisfaction with places for in-depth study has also seen an increase.

Ninety-five per cent of the students find that DTU’s premises are predominantly tidy and well- maintained. That being said, several have stated that the students are not good enough at cleaning up after themselves. Ninety-eight per cent also find that DTU’s outdoor areas are tidy and well-maintained.

Important part of action plan
As something new, this year the students were asked about their experience of stress. Only a small majority of 56 per cent indicate that they are predominantly stress-free, and it seems that the female students are more affected by stress than their male colleagues.

“In recent years, there has been considerable political pressure on the students with the Study Progress Reform, educational ceiling, cuts, etc. This has resulted in an increased number of students experiencing stress. The survey also shows that the absence of stress is very important for the students and that many lack the tools to deal with it. So stress is a major focus area in the action plan,” says Adam Sommer.

Photo: Mikkel Adsbøl
Photo: Mikkel Adsbøl.

Eighty-five per cent of the students mainly have a good contact with their fellow students, and 81 per cent rarely feel lonely.

Student welfare
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs, Martin Vigild, is pleased with the Study Environment Survey’s positive results.

“But there is still a lot of work to be done and right now we are in the process of introducing a completely new field of work—student welfare. It is not something we are compelled to do, but something we want to do because we know that happy students become good engineers,” he says.


Key figures

97%

 
  generally agree that the atmosphere at DTU is good. 

93%

  generally feel comfortable and happy at DTU 

93% 

  are generally satisfied with the physical surroundings at DTU.

44%

   experience daily stress symptoms in connection with their studies.

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