(UK) More university students granted special considerations

July 9, 2017, UK Independent: Number of university students claiming special circumstances for mental health problems 'soars' Treble the number of students at Cambridge University were granted special allowances such as extra time in exams as a result of mental health problems last year compared to five years ago The number of university students requiring special consideration in exams due to mental health problems has soared in the past five years, new figures suggest. ... Student union leaders have warned of a growing mental health crisis within young people in schools and universities, with financial and academic pressures known to be common aggravators for depression and anxiety. Around 200,000 pupils in state secondary schools, equating to around 11 per cent, received extra time for exams last year, a figure that is expected to rise this summer. The proportion is much higher for those in fee-paying independent schools, where almost 20 per cent of pupils (27,000) received special circumstances for a variety of reasons. … A survey undertaken by the National Union of Students in 2015 suggested as many as 78 per cent of students had experienced mental health issues during the previous year. More recently, data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that a record number of students had dropped out of courses early during the 2014-15 academic year as a direct results of mental ill-health. The latest figures show Edinburgh University allowed 16 students to opt-out of giving oral presentations as part of their assessment last year.