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Recent Research Findings: The Impact of Counselling on Academic Outcomes

In the academic year 2011/12, Patti Wallace conducted a piece of sector-wide research into the impact of counselling on academic outcomes. Data was provided by 5,537 students from 65 universities and FE colleges.

The quantitative findings provide strong support for the positive contribution students considered counselling to have made to their retention, achievement, overall student experience and the development of employability skills.

Qualitative findings offer evidence for counselling increasing students' hope for the future and begin to elucidate the process by which counselling is helpful.

The documents below provide further information. The briefing paper offers a succinct explanation of the basic methodology, findings and conclusions and is specifically designed for members to disseminate to relevant colleagues including Directors of Student Services. The journal article provides the same, with a more detailed discussion and critique of the methodology employed.

Please feel free to use and disseminate either of these in any way that is helpful to you.

Impact of Counselling on Academic Outcomes - October 2012 (PDF)

Impact of Counselling on Academic Outcomes - November 2012 (PDF)

These findings were extensively presented during 2012 and 2013.

Recent Research: The Impact of Staff Counselling

Staff Counselling Works - May 2012 (PDF)