The British Active Student Survey (BASS) is collecting insights into students attending UK colleges and universities. 

It aims to gain understanding into the levels of physical activity and the relationship between wider health and wellbeing, academic attainment, and employability skills.

BUCS is working in partnership with ukactive Research Institute and AoC Sport to continue the evolution of BASS.

Open until the Friday 20 December 2019, this is the first year that the survey encompasses both further and higher education institutions.

Students who complete the survey are eligible enter a prize draw to win up to three £50 ASOS voucher.

Take part in the survey

Vince Mayne, CEO of BUCS, said, "the insight this provides to our core market enables us, through our members, to focus delivery and make a strong case for investment in sport and physical activity as truly cross-cutting and impactful interventions on students wellbeing and achievement.”

About the British Active Student Survey

Data collected across Scottish universities (2016-17), British universities (2017-18), and British colleges (2018-19) has revealed that active students have higher mental wellbeing, social inclusion, and greater positive perceptions of academic attainment and employability compared to inactive students.

Evidence shows the positive benefits of physical activity, but barriers and priority areas still remain.

This year’s survey looks to build upon the data, adding in questions to understand motivations to physical activity, links to competitive sport within an institution as well as against other institutions, and further insights into mental wellbeing such as the levels of student loneliness.

Recommendations from the previous research has help to provide students with activity habits for later life, a positive physical activity experience, and further support for them to achieve academic success and to be employable.

What’s in it for institutions?

Institutions can receive the data for their institution to undertake a comparison to the data reported. Data will be made available if an institution is able to get 5% of their full-time equivalent students to complete the survey.

Want to know more? 

To learn more and take part in the survey, click here. 

If you have any questions about the survey, email BUCS Development Manager, Amy Porter

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