Accelerated two-year degrees in the UK: potential impact on student mental health

Hack-polay, Dieu and Read, Magdalena (2019) Accelerated two-year degrees in the UK: potential impact on student mental health. Journal of Public Mental Health, 19 (1). pp. 27-34. ISSN 1746-5729

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This policy analysis paper examines the ramifications of accelerated two-year degrees for student mental health. Since it was legislated in early 2019 in the UK, there has been limited debate in academia and among policymakers about the potential viability and risks of the compressed degree programmes.
The article is based on an analysis of various academic and practitioner viewpoints as well as theoretical perspectives.
The article found a mixed reception of the compressed degree programme among the academic and practitioner communities. In addition to apprehensions about the quality of education, there are concerns raised about the impact of the pressure deriving from the workload of the accelerated degree. Our assessment considers a potential increase in stress and other more acute state of mental health degradation among students, especially international students, as well as students with families.
This policy analysis paper makes a significant contribution to the debate on the issue of two-year degrees that has not attracted academic scrutiny commensurate with its importance. We conclude that two-year degrees will have far-reaching ramifications, locally and internationally as the UK continues to push for its widening participation agenda as well as maintain its position as one of the top three destinations for international students. We suggest that wider discussions with stakeholder and some impact studies are needed before the accelerated degrees are further popularised in universities.

Keywords:Accelerated degree, Student mental health, Stress, Higher education
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:36867
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 10:33

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