The Life Design Evaluation Project: An update

Kate Williams; Ceri Phelps; Paul Hutchings

1University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT; kate.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

2 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT; ceri.phelps@uwtsd.ac.uk

3University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT; paul.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk

4th May 2017

Abstract

The School of Psychology at UWTSD has been working with the University’s Student Experience team to carry out an evaluation of the Life Design initiative, which has addressed a need by students for additional support in making decisions about their future and maximising the opportunities they have while at University to prepare for their future. A series of questionnaires were administered to first year students from three different Schools in the University throughout the 2015/2016 academic year. Along with a baseline questionnaire capturing core socio-demographic and psychological characteristics, the evaluation questionnaires measured self-reported levels of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and career optimism, as well as the perceived helpfulness of the Life Design session and engagement with the broader Life Design initiative. The final analysis is based on data from 130 students. From that sample, 62 students took part in the Life Design session during Semester One, while 68 took part in the session during Semester Two. At last year’s conference, the team presented preliminary findings from the study. This year’s presentation will provide an update on those findings and the finalised outcomes. In general they suggest that students regard the session as helpful but as having no major impact on psychosocial outcomes.