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

"The data for (us) are very useful ... This is especially important when evaluating the impact of interventions regarding alcohol or other areas, as the survey data are likely to provide an earlier indication than routine data sources."

Specialist Registrar in Public Health

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." Tribute from OFSTED to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005


"The Health Related Behaviour Survey is an incredibly useful resource for (us) as it provides schools, with invaluable data which can inform curriculum content, methods of lesson delivery and empower schools to better meet the needs of their pupils."

Health Education Advisor

"We use the data to inform whole school practice: Pastoral programmes for target groups of pupils; Items for discussion with School Council; Information to help us achieve the Healthy School gold standard; To develop and dicuss with pupils our Anti-Bullying Policy; Targeted whole class sessions with the Police Community Support Officers; To share pupil perceptions of all aspects of their school life with parents, staff and governers." 

Learning Mentor

"We did this last year with Year 8 and 10 and was incredibly useful. It is WELL worth doing and so useful to inform PSHE planning. The safeguarding audit team were delighted that we had done it. The findings are so so interesting.
"The findings are really comprehensive and range from what percentage of year 8 have breakfast in the morning to how many have tried this particular drug, to identity, health and sleep patterns, mental health, citizenship issues....
"It's essential for the PSHE and pastoral curriculum."

PSHCEE coordinator

"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

I think the HRBQ is an absolutely wonderful, informative tool and I am keen to really encourage schools/other relevant partners (as appropriate) to utilise this invaluable data to encourage voice of the child, and subsequently contribute to shaping priorities and services.

Senior Health Improvement Practitioner (Children and Young People)

"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"We never make a move without looking at these excellent reports." Public Health Consultant

Public Health Consultant

"The Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager