How do different communities of pharmacy students in the United Kingdom approach study and personal support?

Fiona Ponikwer, Ugne Dunskute, Rumasya Rafique, Bhavik Patel

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Objectives: This study aimed to discover how a diverse pharmacy student population in the United Kingdom engages with academic and non-academic support, and what might prevent them from doing so.

Methods: Pharmacy students (in all years of study) completed an online survey seeking information on: demographics; confidence in studying; and where/how students seek academic and personal support. The survey outcomes were statistically analysed to compare differences between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and white students.

Results: When seeking help from academic staff, 38.8% of BAME students felt they were negatively perceived. All students are significantly more likely to seek help for academic issues than for personal and well-being ones, with most students preferring to ask family and friends rather than university support mechanisms.

Conclusion: The results strongly indicate that support mechanisms present within universities to help students are seldom utilised and may explain the reduced academic performance of both white and BAME students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-594
Number of pages11
JournalPharmacy Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2022

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  • Academic support
  • BAME
  • Ethnicity
  • help seeking
  • MPharm
  • Race
  • Sense of belonging
  • Well-being


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