Optimising the student experience

With more sharing and more anticipation in our 21st century world, we may start witnessing the birth of higher than ever student experience expectations, says Professor David Russell

The student experience is inherently unique and the building blocks of a ‘successful’ student experience are dependent upon individual academic and lifestyle preferences. As educators, influencers and enablers we should ensure the provision of opportunities that will empower students to drive their own student experience towards that of personal success and fulfilment. We know that students must facilitate their own personal journey of success – whether that be academic prestige, social integration or self-development (the ambitions may be endless).

The first step in facilitating achievement is by ensuring students are prepared for their personal journeys in the weeks before the beginning of their university experience. An efficient, effective and online induction system augments optimum alignment and a universally positive pre-arrival experience. Furthermore, contemporary online induction has been shown to reduce withdrawal rates in the first 12 weeks by up to 50%. Ensuring students are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared from the outset will provide clarity and evoke feelings of readiness – what better way to start the semester?

“The first step in facilitating achievement is by ensuring students are prepared for their personal journeys in the weeks before the beginning of their university experience.”

Secondly, research has confirmed time-and-time again that what students consume has a profound effect on stress levels, anxiety and even happiness outcomes. Regardless of experience ambitions and lifestyle preferences, the vast majority of students would agree that a university experience low in stress, anxiety and depression is positive. As we now know that optimum physical and mental health can be supported through a lifestyle rich in unrefined, low glycemic load wholefoods such as oily fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, we can implement food offers into university campus outlets to provide our students with opportunities to nourish themselves and maximise their potential in the pursuit of their own successful student experience.

Delivering a positive student experience is multi-faceted and will be unique to each and every individual. Expectations are rising and times are changing, but let us enable their diverse ideations of the ‘ideal’ student experience through readiness activities and optimisation of physical and mental health through F&B.

Professor David Russell is Founder and Chairman of The Russell Partnership. W: russellpartnership.com