Annual Student Survey

Your opinion matters.

Student Survey

We run 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.

To find out more about the Annual Student Survey, please click on the headings below.

The Trust has been running an annual student survey since 2004. To enable benchmarking, the questions are largely based on the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), both run nationally by Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy). To capture the unique nature of the Trust’s programmes and their integral link to NHS clinical training, additional questions are included.

The survey is a key component of the Trust’s engagement with students, alongside more frequent touch points such as termly course committee meetings, student representation on DET committees, termly Dean’s Forum meetings, and a more regular shorter ‘pulse’ survey which has been used weekly during term time since November 2020.

What are the questions?

We ask questions in the following areas:

  • Course Details (to enable course teams to review the satisfaction on their course and benchmark against different courses)
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Engagement
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Support and Wellbeing
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Masters Dissertation or Major Project (only final year MA students are asked these questions)
  • Organisation and Management
  • Skills Development
  • Resources (Library and Moodle)
  • Professional Doctorates (only students on Professional Doctorates are asked these questions)
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Covid-19
  • About Yourself

The answers to the ‘about yourself questions are used to analyse our performance by characteristic, and whether certain groups are experiencing our delivery differently, e.g. if some students with particular characteristics are less satisfied with an aspect such as support and wellbeing than others. We never share the data for this section at a course level.

You gave us rich feedback and a lot to take away and review in the 2020/21 student survey. We heard you, and are still working on some of the recommendations from the report.

You said:

You wanted a return to face-to-face teaching.

We did:

We have brought back as much face–to–face teaching as possible in the summer term. Although our room sizes mean we can’t accommodate larger lectures in one room and still meet social distancing requirements, we will be enabling smaller groups while still adhering to one-metre social distancing.

You said:

Doctoral students did not feel part of a wider research community

We did:

We have set up a working group to consider how to enhance the PGR experience. The group have been working on the doctoral conference, and following that will look at other opportunities for doctoral students.

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
  • The Tavistock Library
  • Overall quality of our courses

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.

Overview reports:

2020-21 academic year

2019-20 academic year

2018-19 academic year

2017-18 academic year

We want you to feel free to provide open, candid feedback that we can use to learn and grow as an education and training provider. Therefore, protecting your anonymity is crucial to us.

Please see our Privacy Statement for more details.

For this year (2021/22), to recognise your time and effort in completing the survey, we will be giving a £5 Karnac Bookstore voucher to the first 250 students who complete the survey!*

If you complete the survey after this point, you can still enter a prize draw to win one of 5 £25 Karnac Bookstore vouchers or one of 50 £5 Karnac book vouchers!**

Karnac Books is the destination bookshop for Europe dedicated to psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and related subjects such as organisations, family, child, and adolescent studies.

Housed in the newly opened Confer-Karnac Centre on Strype Street, Spitalfields, London, the specialist book retail outlet comprises thousands of psychotherapy titles. The Centre was designed to create a calm, contemplative and contemporary environment, drawing inspiration from the ancient idea that libraries are the repositories of wisdom.

*In order to be counted as the first 250 students to complete the survey and to receive your voucher, you must answer the 'compulsory' questions on the survey and click on the 'complete' button at the end of the survey. You will be asked to enter your email on the separate, private, link provided at the end of the survey. Emails will not be linked to your response and it will not affect your anonymity. This entry will automatically enter you into the final prize draw.

**To enter the prize draw you must answer the 'compulsory' questions on the survey and click on the 'complete' button at the end of the survey. You will be asked to enter your email on the separate, private, link provided at the end of the survey. Emails will not be linked to your response and it will not affect your anonymity.

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