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Paradise hotel: Theology lowest on stress scores at UCPH

The study of the Holy Book apparently has students more relaxed: Theology students score the lowest on stress at the University of Copenhagen

Students at the Faculty of Theology are the happiest with their study environment and among the students least affected by stress throughout the university. This is according to the university’s annual satisfaction and well-being assessment which found that 45 per cent of students are stressed.

The assessment surveyed the students’ satisfaction with the psychosocial, the physical/aesthetic, and the digital study environment, communication, and the satisfaction with other administrative services. The Faculty of Theology, which also includes the Centre for Africa Studies, scored the highest marks university-wide in each individual section. In a related, recent story on University Post Theology students worried about a future move to KUA3 that would upset their workplace. But this has apparently not affected their work environment yet.

To the University Post, student Anita Møller describes the faculty as ”a second home”, while her fellow student Anders Martin Lauritsen adds that ”it’s a small place. We know the dean and the study administration and during exam season we live here 24/7.”

A good study environment and a relaxed atmosphere

In addition, the faculty also scored the lowest percentage of students being stressed during exam season, with only 52.4% of students experiencing symptoms of stress during exam period (compared to a university-wide average of 64% and an extreme 72.8% at the Faculty of Law). The percentage of students experiencing stress in day-to-day life is equally low, at 39.2%, second only to the Faculty of Science.

”The reasons are the good study environment and the relaxed atmosphere. The students and staff interact and everyone knows everyone,” says Anita to the University Post.

Anders Martin Lauritsen adds that ”the dean and leadership also put a strong focus on the study environment”.

And what about KUA3?

The consulting company Rambøll attributes the general student satisfaction to the physical surroundings.

Will this well-working environment suffer from the move of the faculty to KUA3 on Amager (scheduled to take place in 2016)? Anders does not expect any fundamental changes.

”There are many student clubs and initiatives at the Faculty of Theology and there is a functioning strategy for those,” he says, adding:’ ‘This can be easily transported to Amager. After all, we will still all be in one place.”

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