As ever, this year has been accomplished amid national and international opportunities and challenges. Perhaps most visibly, was the UK’s decision to leave the EU in June, which sparked questions and concerns alongside optimism and confidence. The dichotomy of opinion is apparent, and should not deter from our drive towards ensuring UK universities are world-class in academics, facilities and student experience.
Brexit has raised questions from students and academics alike in relation to Erasmus schemes, EU student fees, EU staff opportunities and fears concerning the safeguarding of social mobility within universities. However, despite the significant challenges universities will need to address as a result of Brexit, experts believe that British universities can wholeheartedly thrive post-exit with the right support from government.
Indeed, the ambition and drive amid uncertainty is consistently demonstrated from UK universities, with St Andrews being named as the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the latest university guide from The Times and Sunday Times in 2016. The UK’s university rankings continue to feature on the world stage, with Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London holding their place in the global elite.
Research does suggest that provision of a healthy diet rich in micronutrients, fibre and low glycemic produce can support the recovery from mental health problems
Positive progressions within educational equality continue, with an official review in 2016 suggesting that bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be accepted into universities with lower grades on the basis they have been “held back by poverty”. Alternatively, reports produced in 2016 are suggesting that up to one in four university students are dealing with mental health problems highlighting the requirement to continue supporting our students through mental health issues where required.
Research does suggest that provision of a healthy diet rich in micronutrients, fibre and low glycemic produce can support the recovery from mental health problems – the Food for the Brain website offers more detail into this.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, with the twists and turns churning out some important messages, poignant questions and reasons for celebration – here’s to 2017 and another great year for us all…