Research Bureau

The Research Committee of the Groninger Studentenbond focuses on relevant student problems or interesting questions. The committee members conduct research by doing interviews or by spreading questionnaires. The collected results and advice are then published and presented to for example the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and/or the municipality.

In november 2023 the GSb Researchbureau released a report on student well-being. It was a mixed-method paper in comparison with a similar paper by the GSb from 2017. The results of the research were worrying: only 1.8% of the participants indicated that stress is not constantly present in their life and more than one third of the participants indicated that it is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with challenges that happen in their life. At the ceremony the Rector Magnificus from the RUG and a member of the CvB of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences received the report. You can find the paper here.

In June 2020, the research bureau published its social satisfaction survey in Groningen among Dutch and international students. This showed, among other things, that international students generally feel less satisfied than Dutch students, that 50% of international respondents indicated that their language skills influence their experiences as students and that living in mixed houses and a mixed circle of social friends leads to higher satisfaction among both Dutch and international students. The survey can be found here.

In October of 2018, the Research committee published a report on the Anglicization of higher education in Groningen. It was found that there were still significant gains in quality to be made regarding the current Anglicization of education, both students and educators think more attention should be given to which studies ought to be studied in Dutch, English, or both. The study included advice for the educational institutions in Groningen. This research can be found here.

In September 2017, the Research Committee published a report on the by them conducted research on stress among students. This showed, among other things, that 62% of students see stress as a constant presence in the student life. Besides that, the research focusses on the different ways that students cope with stress, the accessibility of student psychologists and on how educational institutions work on these issues. This research can be found here.

In February 2016, the Research Committee published a report that stated that, on average, international students pay 75% more on rent for their rooms than Dutch students. This news was in the national media and was taken very seriously by the municipal administration and council members of the municipality. Since then, the local administration has kept a closer eye on the necessities and needs of international students. Click here for the report.