Using the toolkit

This toolkit consists of publicly available resources, and the ownership of each resource rests with the original authors. Most resources are practical, but there are a number of academic or theory-based papers, so that you can pick and choose what will be most helpful for you.

You can find the resources you want by exploring an approach to developing student resilience, or searching for key words.


The resources in this toolkit are grouped by three key approaches to developing student resilience. These approaches arose from research into student resilience by Unite Students.

  • Social – resources to help students feel integrated, develop their social networks and relationships, and get involved with different networks, communities and extra-curricular activities.
  • Self-management – resources to help students develop self-management techniques for dealing with stress, anxiety and the pressures of higher education.
  • Emotional balance – resources to help students balance their emotional responses to the negative experiences they may encounter academically or socially while studying.

Key words

The resources are tagged with key words to identify the type of resource (for example, case study, research report, intervention tool, learning material), or subject (for example, mental health, careers, accommodation). Click a keyword in the right-hand panel, or type into the search box.

Contribute to the toolkit

This is a living resource and we hope you will contribute to the resources. As the number of resources grows, areas of professional expertise will develop too (for example, resilience in careers, building resilience in accommodation).

Do you have a resource to contribute to the toolkit? If so, please get in touch here: contribute.