Ulster University study highlights student mental health problems


More than half of Ulster University (UU) undergraduates who took part in a major study reported suffering a mental health problem.

That is according to a detailed student wellbeing survey carried out by researchers at the university.

The study involved students who began university in 2015/16 but the results have just been published.

More than four in ten students reported suffering panic attacks while almost a third said they had suicidal thoughts.

A total of 739 students who began their undergraduate degree at the university in 2015 answered detailed questions about their mental health.

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462 were female, 274 male and three were transgender.

Women were significantly more likely than men to report mood and anxiety problems and suicidal thoughts, either before starting or during university.

“Starting university is a key life transition, which can be extremely stressful for some people,” the report noted.

“In addition to adapting to university life, many students are also adapting to their transition into adulthood.”

Of the students taking part in the study, 31% said they had suicidal thoughts, 24% reported a major depressive episode and 22% reported an anxiety disorder.

The study also found LGBT students were five times more likely to suffer from a mental health problem than heterosexual students.

Professor Siobhan O’Neill from the Psychology Research Institute at UU led the research team.

“This study provides important information for universities, policy makers and healthcare professionals on mental health and wellbeing in young people in general and particularly for students starting university,” she said.

“We hope that our findings will assist in the development and implementation of mental health protection and prevention strategies in both the university setting and beyond.”

The UU research was carried out as part of a wider World Health Organisation (WHO) study into student mental health and wellbeing.

Launch of Ulster University Institute of Mental Health Sciences

The launch of the Institute of Mental Health Sciences, an exciting new multidisciplinary institute that will provide a holistic approach to mental health, will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Bannview Suite, Ulster University, Coleraine campus.  






The new institute will bring together Ulster’s world-leading research and teaching expertise in mental health from a range of disciplines, to deliver innovate, outward facing, multidisciplinary research that will make a step-change to inform mental health prevention and care in Northern Ireland.  At the launch you will hear about the institute, several new appointments, and plans for new educational provision in the field of Mental Health Sciences.

Speakers will include: Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, John Conaghan from Inspire NI, Dr James Nesbitt, Chancellor and Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor.

For more information and to register for this event click here

The Life and Health Sciences Subject Team

Refworks – Harvard Ulster LHS guide

For All Returning Students 

The Harvard Ulster LHS referencing output style has been updated. This means it will have been removed from your Favourites and will need to be added again. To do this within RefWorks:

1. Go to Bibliography and Output Style Manager
2. Scroll down to your Output style and click on the green arrow to bring it over to Favourites

To make it available in Write n Cite on the Refworks tab in Word:
1. Click on Sync My Database
2. Select Style and then Select other Style


If you have any questions/queries or would like any help please contact the Life and Health Sciences Team here



New research paper. Cancer: Northern Ireland

A new research paper, Cancer: Northern Ireland, has been published by the Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe). Read the full report here

It includes information about;

  • cancer statistics;
  • policy developments;
  • service commissioning;
  • screening, care pathways and types of treatment;
  • accessibility to hospital treatment across Northern Ireland, and,
  • overall performance of Health and Social Care Trusts against Ministerial waiting time targets for cancer.

Changes to Ovid Medline and Embase

Ovid have simplified the way we access the Medline and Embase databases.

The new “Ovid Medline All” collects together all Medline content (including; the main database, Epub before print, daily update, articles not yet fully indexed and all date ranges) under one easy link.

All Embase date ranges have also now been collected under one link.

For help with any of the Library’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

New Ovid links





Database trial: UpToDate


Wolters Kluwer

The Library has set up a trial for the decision-making tool UpToDate.

UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians can use to make point-of-care decisions. Recent medical information is used to author trusted, evidence-based recommendations proven to improve patient care & quality.

The trial runs until 30th June 2017 and can be accessed via the A-Z Databases list on the Library & ICT tab. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please note that access to UpToDate during the trial period is limited to on-campus only.

For help with any of the Library’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

Th Library Subject Team

The Lady with the Lamp visits Magee College

A new exhibition has been unveiled in Magee to mark the 150th anniversary of a visit by the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Known widely throughout her lifetime as a proponent of nursing care reform and an outspoken promoter of the value of women to the healthcare community, Florence was also an accomplished statistician. Her innovative use of graphical data to show the scale of hospital-borne infection in the Crimean war was the principal influence on government reform of primary health care, in particular the design and administration of hospitals.

Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army reproduced under licence by Wellcome Images (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12795089054/in/photostream/
Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army reproduced under licence by Wellcome Images (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12795089054/in/photostream/

Florence Nightingale’s signature in Magee College Visitor’s Book is testament to Magee’s position at the heart of 19th Century society. The book is on special loan from PRONI and can be viewed in the Main Entrance Reception area (Block MD) until Thursday 1st June.

This exhibition is curated by the Library.

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Adaptations manual 2nd ed

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s second edition of their Adaptations manual: for children and adults with muscle-wasting conditions has just been published.

From the Muscular Dystrophy website;

“Revised by occupational therapists who work closely with families living with muscle-wasting conditions, our updated guide includes examples and practical information about what is available to families as well as an outline of the process of making adaptations to your home. The College of Occupational Therapists has reviewed and endorsed the guide, assuring its quality.”

Copies can be downloaded from the website here or they can be emailed at info@musculardystrophyuk.org  for a print copy.

New trial to BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is designed to support clinical decision making. It collects together the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

The Library trial can be accessed from the BMJ Best Practice website here .

Take a look at a video example of a search here

If you want to use the additional personalisation features you will need to register and create an account. This short video will explain the process.

The trial runs until the 15th June 2017 and is only available on-campus.

We would very much welcome your feedback.  If you have any queries or questions please contact the team at science@library.ulster.ac.uk

New E-Resource Trial: SAGE Research Methods Video

SAGE Research Methods Video contains more than 120 hours of video, including tutorials, case study videos, expert interviews, and more, covering the entire research methods and statistics curriculum. The videos can help to bring methods to life: instead of reading about how to conduct a focus group, students can watch one in action. Stimulate class discussions by assigning videos for pre-class viewing, or use a clip in class to provide an alternative viewpoint. Videos can also be embedded into course management systems for exam preparation.

Through these videos, 60% of which are exclusive to SAGE, students can find extra help and support to guide them through every step of their research project and succeed in their research methods course.

Your feedback on SAGE Research Methods Video trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 28/02/17. The trial is on-campus only.