450% increase in student mental health declarations over last decade but progress still needed to address declarations stigma

Over the last decade there has been a significant shift in the willingness of students to talk about their mental health – the number of UK applicants to UCAS that shared a mental health condition has increased by 450% in this time, yet today’s report, 'Starting the Conversation: UCAS report on student mental health', shows there is still more work to do to smash the myths and stigma around mental health, and to highlight the support available to students in higher education.

2023 entry: New questions to support widening access

As part of our ongoing commitment to widening access and participation for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances, we are introducing two new sections in the application for the 2023 cycle, from 17 May 2022 onwards: