Thursday, February 05, 2015

FAO CAA Year 3: The National Student Survey 2015 Needs You!

It's time to complete the National Student Survey 2015.

Okay - so what does the survey entail? Most of you will have completed surveys very similar to the NSS during your time with us, so you'll know the format: 23 core questions relating to the following aspects of the student learning experience:

  • Teaching on my Course
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Academic Support
  • Organisation and Management
  • Learning Resources
  • Personal Development
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Students' Union

The survey doesn't take very long, but it is important that you consider your responses carefully. It may feel like just another box-ticking exercise - but it isn't. The NSS survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us, and UCA more broadly. You're telling us about the things we're doing well and where stuff needs improving. You're highlighting the weaknesses and safe-guarding the good bits. You can help your course team make things better. Your feedback is used to improve the experience for future students, so be honest, but be constructive. Your views on what we do become part of formal monitoring processes within the University, which promotes discussion and debate. In short - data derived from the NSS - from you - is taken very seriously!

Accessing the survey is very straightforward - visit and then follow the instructions. You'll need your student ID number handy: that's the number on your UCA identity card.    You will receive an email from Ipsos Mori re. completing the survey as of Monday, but you needn't wait for the prompt.

All third year students need to complete the survey, and ideally I'd like everyone to have completed it before we leave for Barcelona on the 10th February.  I'm going to email you all personally with a reminder today.  When you've completed the survey, could you leave a 'Done it' comment on this post, or email me to confirm.  Much appreciated.