Giving students their best year yet is our mission at iQ and something we strive to do, day in, day out. We know that university can be a challenging time for students, and every year we see the impact of pressures on student wellbeing. We know what an important role accommodation plays in the overall university experience, from being the place that students call home to providing the right kind of environment to make friends, study, cook and eat well, sleep well, and of course, have fun.
In 2018 we will launch a programme specifically focused on enhancing student wellbeing, through tailored research and a subsequent programme for our iQ residents. We aim to involve charity and expert partners throughout the process – initially working with Relate and Nightline.
Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year help over a million people – including young people – to strengthen and build relationships. We have commissioned a report from Relate to better understand how students are feeling and the impact that social connectedness and isolation is having.
Nightline provides confidential, anonymous support services run by students for students. We will be working with Nightline from September this year, to offer support for students who might need help and advice. Each iQ site will be covered either by their local Nightline or a central service, which means that all of our students will have access to this incredibly valuable support.
We are really looking forward to getting this programme underway, and to understanding what we can do to help students get the most out of their time with us. It is our ambition to equip them for life in and beyond university by giving them the best tools and environment to develop and learn as young people. And we want to use our national reach, and the important part we play in students’ lives, to make a difference.