It’s official: Uni graduates are unhappier than those who didn’t go to uni

At least you’ll always have those precious memories of breakout rooms

It’s official: Uni graduates are unhappier than those who didn’t go to uni.

If you’re reading this sat at home, prevented from returning to campus, and having missed out on almost a year of proper uni, then the revelation from the Office for Students won’t come as a surprise. But it will at least be validating.

People who’ve studied a full-time undergraduate degree were less satisfied with life 15 months after graduation than the general population, according to statistics released by the universities regulator.

However, those who had done a part-time postgrad were actually more likely to be happy than everyone else – proving you should probably just do that panic master’s.

Graduates from full-time undergrad courses were also less likely than the general population to feel that things done in life are worthwhile.

If you do want to have some semblance of self-satisfaction, a part-time undergrad seems to be the way to go. Part-time students scored higher on both measures than the general population.

“The benefits of higher education are not solely concentrated in greater employability or academic progress, vital though these are,” said the Office for Students.

“Higher education also enriches lives in a much broader sense, and this measure seeks to go some way to capture that benefit.”

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