The New Curriculum from October 2019
(feedback from students helped influence the shape of the curriculum and student representatives took part in working groups to develop the curriculum)
The Department of History actively seeks feedback from our students about how we are doing and how we can improve. If you would like to give feedback, share an idea or make a complaint, there are several ways you can do this:
The SSLC is an elected body made up of student course representatives and academic members of staff to discuss any issues or concerns raised by students. Issues raised during SSLC meetings are reported first to the Education Committee and then to the relevant staff committee where the issues can be addressed. All responses are reported back to the SSLC. For more information about the SSLC and to find your course representative, please visit History SSLC Undergraduate or History SSLC Postgraduate pages.
Academic staff liaison for the SSLC are:
For undergraduate SSLC, contact Dr Carys Howells
For undergraduate joint-degree SSLC, contact Professor David Lambert
For postgraduate SSLC, contact Dr Laura Schwartz
Regular feedback from students plays an important part in planning modules and developing teaching skills within the department. In order to ensure that students can make a direct impact on the ways in which they are being taught, every tutor asks students to complete a questionnaire at the end of the first term and circulates a written report on this feedback prior to discussing with the students concerned any resulting changes. At the end of the module tutors will circulate a second questionnaire, so that they can take account of student comments in any revisions they make for the next year (in core, team-taught, modules these processes will usually be organised not by seminar tutors but by the module director).
The Department of History actively seeks feedback from our students about how we are doing. So, if you have comments or suggestions on how to improve overall student experience in the Department, we want to know! Please follow the link to complete the Student Experience Feedback Form. The feedback you provide in this form will be shared with relevant History Department committees and the Student-Staff Liaison committee, if suitable, in order to improve the Department and courses on offer. Please note that this form is not for complaints; if you wish to make a complaint, please visit our Student Complaints page.
If you have any questions or concerns about Student Experience in the Department of History, you can also get in contact with Dr Carys Howells.
Students are encouraged to raise complaints at the first opportunity over any of the following issues:
- the quality and standard of service provided by the University, including teaching and learning provision;
- failure to provide a service; unsuitable facilities or learning resources;
- inappropriate behaviour or treatment by a staff member, student or individual associated with the University (including contravening the University’s Dignity at Warwick Policy, which includes harrassment, bullying, and discrimination;
- failure of the University to follow an appropriate administrative or academic process.
If your complaint is with the Department of History, please complete the Student Complaints form, which is Stage 1 of the Complaints Procedure. We aim to provide a response within 10 university days. If you find the response to be unsatisfactory, or you feel an informal approach is not appropriate, you should proceed to Stage 2 of the Complaint Procedure.
If you would like to speak to someone in the Department about the Complaints Procedure, please contact your personal tutor or the Department Administrator, Mr Robert Horton.
1) National Student Survey
The National Student Survey (NSS) has been conducted by Ipsos MORI annually since 2005. It gathers opinions from final year undergraduates on their satisfaction with their courses. The NSS is your opportunity to give entirely anonymous feedback about your course, which we use to improve our teaching and the courses we offer. Results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisors to help make informed choices of where and what to study.
It takes just five to ten minutes to fill in and is open between 7 January and 30 April 2019. Students are strongly encouraged by the University and the History Department to participate.
For more information about the NSS, please visit the Warwick National Student Survey website or contact Dr Carys Howells.
2) Warwick Student Experience Survey
The Warwick Student Experience Survey (WSES) is conducted every autumn by the University. It's a great chance for all students on taught courses to provide feedback on the whole Warwick experience - from arriving at university, to learning, living and campus services. Like the NSS, it also takes just five to ten minutes to fill in and eligible students are strongly encouraged by the University and the History Department to participate.
For more information please visit the WSES webpage or contact Dr Carys Howells.
3) Graduate Outcomes Survey
The Graduate Outcomes survey collects information on the activities and perspectives of graduates approximately 15 months after completion. The survey covers UG, PGT and PGR students, home and overseas, full- and part-time. It is conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and is the biggest annual social survey in the UK. The results provide an insight into the career destinations of recent graduates, which shapes both the delivery of services in Higher Education as well as influencing the government's understanding of the needs of the graduate labour market.
For more information please visit the Graduate Outcomes website or contact Dr Carys Howells.
The Department of History holds different kinds of staff and student-led focus groups throughout the year in order to solicit feedback and the views of our students on a variety of topics. Focus Groups are advertised via email and our the Department Facebook page. For more information on Department Focus Groups, please contact Dr Carys Howells.
As part of some interviews for academic positions in the Department History, candidates are asked to give teaching demonstrations. On these occassions, we may recruit current undergraduate students to take part in the demonstrations and to give their feedback on each candidate. This feedback will then be used to assist the hiring committee on their decision. To find out more, visit the teaching demonstration page.
Personal tutors are there to be your advocate and can assist you with submitting feedback and give you more information about filing a complaint. All students, undergraduate and postgraduate, are assigned a Personal Tutor. More details on the personal tutor system can be found here and details on your personal tutor are available via your Tabula page.
You can also speak to any member of staff about your concerns. A list of the key roles in the department can be found by visiting the Key Departmental Contacts page.