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 children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC


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

Daily Telegraph

"We have never consulted our young people like this before. The survey makes a great contribution to our 'best value' planning." Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officer

"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

"Within the curriculum, we are part of the Healthy Schools programme - and the local, Director of Public Health Award. We cover many facets of health from emotional intelligence to safety education and our very strong, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection programmes. You can imagine our delight when the Local Authority and our school nurse made the following comments after we took part in the regional Schools Health Education Unit Survey: " Head Teacher.
“This was an amazing set of outcomes and really good evidence that (your school) is doing a wonderful job in prioritizing the health and well-being of its pupils … Well done to staff, governors and parents for all your work on this through the Director of Public Health award and other strategies. It is very clear that pupils feel happy, safe and involved at the school and your caring ethos shines through this data.”
Healthy Schools Coorduinator.


Headteacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator

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

Public Health Consultant

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        

Deputy Head, Secondary School

"The Unit produces an invaluable body of knowledge... providing exceptional information across time and throughout the country." Kelloggs


"You have made a fantastic contribution to children’s health education and promotion. I am personally grateful to you for helping to kickstart my research career." Prof. Neil Armstrong tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Prof Neil Armstrong