Life Design Evaluation Project

Kate Williams

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT; kate.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

23rd March 2016

Abstract

The School of Psychology at UWTSD have been working with the University’s Student Experience Department to carry out an evaluation of the Life Design initiative on psychosocial outcomes and levels of satisfaction in first year students across three Schools in the University. Students within the Schools of Computing, Design and Applied Arts, and Psychology have been approached to consent into this evaluation, and have either had a Life Design session in semester one (with follow-up evaluations) or will be due to take part in a Life Design session in Semester two. Currently, 61 students across the three Schools have taken part in the Life Design session as part of this evaluation. Forty-eight of those have completed the first follow-up evaluation questionnaire, which was administered immediately after the Life Design sessions. This questionnaire measures outcomes relating to self-esteem, self-efficacy, and career optimism, as well as capturing data on perceived usefulness of the Life Design Session and engagement with the broader Life Design initiative. Preliminary findings suggest that 68% of those who completed the questionnaire found the session to be helpful, but few (10%) had engaged with Life Design initiatives beyond the session itself. We are currently in the process of analysing the wider psychosocial impact of the Life Design initiative and these will be reported shortly.