University, Transitions and Well-Being

University presents a range of potentially challenging transitions defined by Gale and Parker (2014) as “navigated periods of change”. Transitions start before entering university, and include navigating changes between years, and eventually leaving and entering the world of work or postgraduate study. Throughout college, students must make sense of who they are and how they fit into university life (Tett, Cree & Christie, 2017).

Navigating transitions can be psychologically demanding, potentially playing an important role in the context of student well-being. Given the range of psychologically demanding transitions that students experience, it is important to understand the impact of transitions and identify the support needed for students to successfully navigate these changes.

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