Student survey leads to technology triumph

A STUDENT survey led to a technology triumph for a Morpeth woman.

Postgraduate Degna Stone has won herself an iPad after taking part in an NHS survey about health-related behaviour.

The 38-year-old, who is in the final year of her Masters degree in creative writing, was one of 5,500 students from Northumbria and Newcastle universities to fill in the survey, which aims to help health bosses understand what students think about their health and how they access services.

The chance to win an iPad was offered as an incentive to complete the lengthy questionnaire.

Ms Stone, a mother-of-two who works part time at Live Theatre as an administrator, said: “I decided to fill out the survey because I thought it would make a real difference to students in the future.

“Reading about mental health issues and how drinking alcohol can be a way of dealing with stress for some students, both those from overseas and students living in the city, made interesting reading.

“I was an undergraduate 12 years ago and I remember how drinking alcohol was sometimes viewed as part of the culture of being a student.

“I hope that the survey will help pinpoint where healthcare services are needed to really benefit students studying in the city.”

Public Health Speciality Registrar Gill O’Neill, who presented the prize, said: “The survey helps us to understand the health needs of the student population and pinpoint healthcare services which will benefit both home and international students. The survey results will also help to plan appropriate health promotion campaigns targeted at the student population.”