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I'm raising £5000 to pay for support in interviewing and transcribing interviews of engineering students for my PhD studies. I released a survey which resulted in a large number of students volunteering to be interviewed - far more than was expected! As the mental health and wellbeing of engineering students hasn't really been looked at much before I would like to interview all volunteers rather than just a selection. This will allow me to identify key issues and propose engineer-focussed support for engineering students.
I'm a lecturer in the School of Engineering at RGU and I am halfway through my PhD in the mental health and wellbeing of engineering students. I've been working at RGU full time since 2009 before that working in industry and working part-time for RGU.
I'm studying the mental health and wellbeing of engineering students as I spend my days supporting them and feel there is a gap in our knowledge in terms of mental health and wellbeing. Engineering students are far less likely to seek help for a mental health or wellbeing issue than other students and are potentially at higher risk given engineering courses can be particularly stressful.
I conducted a survey to gather data and asked participants to volunteer for interview, expecting a tiny number to take me up on the offer. I now have over 70 students who have volunteered and I would like to use this opportunity to interview all of them. However I can't do that all by myself and to do this I will need to pay for transcription services to be able to achieve this.