Online survey: clear, friendly, responsive

Responses from questionnaires are stored in our databanks

Pupils and students can still complete on paper, if you prefer

Questionnaires are fetched by secure courier and logged in the SHEU offices

Questions are composed collaboratively with clients and designed with the pupils and students in mind

College student surveys


Helping colleges collect baseline data for the National Healthy FE Programme
"...the starting point for every aspect (National Healthy FE Programme) will be to have a baseline by which to measure outcomes...I cant think of a better way of getting a baseline than through your survey." Specialist Health Promotion Advisor
"All the students found the online survey easy to navigate, very clear and easy. As a tutor incredibly easy to administer." FE Student Services Manager
"The online survey went very well. We originally planned to undertake 700 questionnaires online, but I had to increase the number due to the volume of willing participants."Welfare Services Principal
"...a positive experience for all who took part."Student Counsellor

Based on over 30 years experience of working in the Health and Education sectors.

Who are SHEU? The Students Health Education Unit is part of SHEU, an independent research unit. SHEU have, since 1977, developed expertise through providing independent information and survey services to Health and Education Authorities across the UK. It's reputation has been gained by enabling local communities to understand the health and health-related behaviour of young people. This is achieved through a range of information, survey, evaluation and monitoring services which focus around the communities where young people live. Authorities use the information to deliver appropriate services and design interventions that support young people to take more care of their health.

Why would my college be interested? Other colleges are! Since 2000, SHEU has been developing services for FE & 6th Form Colleges. A student survey instrument has been successfully trailed and piloted with Colleges. A free online survey has been offered to colleges. A confidential databank is developing and currently holds information from students about their attitudes and lifestyle behaviours in relation to health. This unique resource enables comparisons to be made across a range of questions. Not only would colleges have information with regard to your students you may also have comparative, anonymous data from students in your region or elsewhere. FE Colleges Survey 2006 - SHEU presentation FE Colleges Survey 2006 - SHEU report

What else do SHEU offer? Health Research and News - monthly updates. SHEU also have a number of approaches to colleges concerning surveying their health and health-related behaviour. Typically they involve working with small groups and individual students in order to complement survey information. Data analysis and interpretation use a range of established methods. You determine the most convenient means to receive the results. These usually take the form of written reports, Powerpoint presentations and booklets. Data can be made accessible for your computer systems.

And the cost? Some of our information services are free. Our survey services, per student, can cost from pence to around five pounds. Using an existing online survey can cost from £500 and involve as many students as you choose. Pricing a tailored paper or online survey is less straightforward. If you can tell us how many questions you want to ask of how many students then we can give you an exact price for the work, but typically these considerations are decided after discussion. We can tailor a robust service to fit your resources, and advise on local partners who would also be interested in the same figures as yourself and may contribute to your budget.

How do colleges use SHEU services? The development of our information and survey services to the FE and 6th Form sector has been growing. We are in regular contact with Student Support Teams and other relevant College 'Health' staff to inform them of SHEU services and to encourage a partnership approach to be considered. The data, resulting from survey activities, is greatly strengthening the databanks and providing participants with rich information to inform service provision, deliver support and design appropriate interventions.

What could my college do next? Talk to colleagues in your network. Consider if any of your existing information, survey, evaluation and monitoring services could be provided more cost effectively. By talking to SHEU you will also find that their interest is in working with you to meet your needs, and provide an efficient service at a reasonable cost.

Please contact Angela to discuss how SHEU can support your data collection

Angela Balding Survey Manager Tel 01392 667272


Link to...Further information about SHEU FE surveys
Link to...Research News about 16+ year olds

PLUS... articles published about FE & 6th Form Colleges
PLUS... FE Colleges Survey 2006 - SHEU presentation
PLUS... FE Colleges Survey 2006 - SHEU report



Comments about SHEU

"I would like to say how much we appreciated the work you and your team have put in to this project, a big thank you for the excellent reports that you have completed on our behalf." Assistant Director of Public Health

Assistant Director of Public Health

"I really appreciate the professional service which SHEU offers.  We have had a great experience working with Angela on the school surveys." 

Health Improvement Specialist

"You and the team have the evidence to show how young people's behaviour has or hasn't changed over time." 
Tribute from a Health Education Co-ordinator to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Co-ordinator

"You have made a truly significant contribution to health education and health promotion of young people in, not only England, but all over the United Kingdom and beyond." Colleague from NHS Scotland paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

NHS Scotland

"This week I have been working on a major strategy for service design -- it is easy to get solely focussed on hospitals, performance targets, and work force planning -- all very important; but at the same the needs of young people and how we need to work across agencies to address the health needs of today and tomorrow must be recognised. SHEU is founded to do just this."

PCT Performance Manager

Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"...the most comprehensive health education survey."

Daily Telegraph

"You have often stood alone against the media who were often looking for the sensational headline. I have noticed an important change: the media now look out for and report very fairly and fully on the reports from the team." 
Tributes from a Health Education Advisor to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Advisor

"We're very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this. During our last LA Inspection, we were flagged from our Tellus data as having a bullying problem. We could demonstrate with our SHEU data - which had a much better sample size and coverage of the authority - that we did not have the problem they suggested. The Inspectors went away happy and we are definitely surveying again with SHEU."

Local Authority Senior Adviser