Trailing or Failing? A Hidden Mental Health Issue: The Changing Futures Project


The ‘Changing Futures Project’ aimed to directly tackle an issue that has been long reported in both academic and professional body spheres, that of student failure in engineering education[1,2]. It focused on the experiences of 96 Engineering & Applied Science students who were classified as ‘failing’ or ‘trailing’ in one or more modules. One of the unforeseen outcomes of the project was the high numbers of students who reported that they had been experiencing mental health problems at the time when they found themselves failing. By putting in a series of academic and individual support interventions, including referring students to the relevant counselling and medical support services, the project proved to be a great success, with all but three students within the original sample progressing to the next level of their academic journey.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Engineering Education
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston STEM Education Centre
Additional Information: Copyright: America Society of Engineering Education
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2017-07-30
Accepted Date: 2017-07-30
Authors: Andrews, Jane E (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0984-6267)
Clark, Robin P



Version: Accepted Version

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