Student surveys

The Trust runs an annual survey to gather the views and opinions of all students studying at the Trust – this is your chance to tell us what you think!

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We have also participated in the postgraduate research experience survey (PRES) alongside our validating partners University of Essex and University of East London. This is a national survey run by the Higher Education Academy and runs on a biennial cycle.

Areas of good practice

In addition to areas that we need to work on, it is also important to keep in mind the areas where you tell us we do well – so that we can learn from this and continue developing in these areas as well. You consistently tell us that we do well in the following areas:

  • Learning and teaching
  • Student engagement (taught courses)
  • Professional relevance of our courses
  • Overall quality of our courses.

You said: You’d like us to make library facilities available later on Fridays

We did: The library is now open until 7pm on a Friday.

You said: You’d like assessment to be clearer and more transparent

We did: We’ve written a new assessment policy and created new guidance pages on the website to help make assessment clearer and more transparent for students. We’re also running regular CPD sessions for course tutors on assessment and other aspects of teaching and learning.

You said: Those with disabilities weren’t always sure of how to get help

We did: We’re reviewing our Disability policy to make it clearer for current and prospective students with disabilities how to get help.

You said: We could do more to provide you with different ways of giving us feedback on your experience. 

We did: We’re introducing a ‘drop box’ on the ground floor for students to give informal feedback on any aspect of their experience with us as a student. We’ve also introduced a ‘Dean’s Forum’ which will run twice a year where all students have the opportunity to come and meet the Dean and discuss any issues/concerns or ideas they might have.

You said: The process of getting ethical approval is slow and difficult to navigate. 

We did: We’re reviewing our ethical approval processes to make them more streamlined while preserving the robustness of the system.

We take your feedback extremely seriously and create analysis reports and comprehensive, wide-ranging action plans based on the results. Your feedback is also included at a course level in the annual review of our courses which the course teams look at and respond to with a course-level action plan. These are considered and discussed at course committees. For information about becoming a student rep on course committees, please find more information here.

2015/16 academic year

  • Overview report for the 2015/16 academic year coming soon!

2014/15 academic year

2013/14 academic year

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