Although the academic year is now in it’s final term for Undergraduates, as educators we’re still very much increasingly busy at this time. Projects and handins are in progress and we can just about see graduation for final year students looming on the horizon.
Now is also the time in the academic year where we start the process of reflection. The National Student Survey has been running since 2005 and aims to obtain honest feedback from final year students about to graduate.
Commissioned by HEFCE the survey aims to provide institutions with an honest account of student opinion during their period of study. The survey is broken down into 8 key areas and allows for qualitative and quantitate feedback. The areas are as follows;
- The teaching on my course
- Assessment and feedback
- Academic support
- Organisation and management
- Learning resources
- Personal development
- Overall satisfaction
- Students’ Union (Association or Guild)
The survey itself is open for a period of several months allowing students plenty of time to leave their opinions. This years survey closed at the end of April with results expected to be released early in 2014.
The process of reflection is one we’re taught within our sessions as part of the PGCHE course. The survey itself allows us an additional resource to use as part of this reflective process and is a valuable tool when improving the student experience within Higher Education.