Are you interested in helping us understand the links between your health behaviours and academic performance? 

Tertiary education is a time during which many university students engage in poor health behaviours. Evidence shows that poor health behaviours may be associated with other academic related concerns (e.g., dropout rate) across countries. Therefore, it is critical to understand the factors driving health behaviours during this transitional stage and how they may be related to educational outcomes. Consequently, this may help prevent an increasing prevalence of chronic conditions in later life and reduce the dropout rate from university and improve academic performance and completion rate.

This research aims primarily to explore university students’ perceptions about the factors that influence their health behaviours and the relationship between health behaviours and educational outcomes. Secondly, it aims to explore how these perceptions may be influenced or changed with an online learning experience during studying at The University of Queensland in Australia.

Your participation will contribute to improving our understanding of the link between health behaviours and academic performance.

You will take part in a small focus group discussion conducted either on campus or on Zoom (based on participant preference) for 45-60 min at a time and place convenient for you in teaching weeks 7 or 8 during semester one of the academic year 2021 (in April).

Participant benefits

  • Participants will receive a $20 Coles Myer voucher for their time and effort.
  • Refreshments will be provided for discussions conducted on campus.


  • Aged 18 and older
  • Enrolled at UQ
  • An undergraduate student

Register your interest

If you are interested in participating, please read the information sheet and register your interest by completing the link, and then we will be in touch with you.

If you would like more information about the study, please contact project staff:

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No 2020/HE003018]