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You said so we did



    We have worked together to implement some real improvements to your teaching and learning experience

    We listen very carefully to all student feedback from both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    The examples below show a large number of important changes that have been implemented as a direct result of your feedback and are a testament to both student and staff dedication to provide the best education possible.

    Teaching and Learning

    You said...

    You value the quality of the teaching and learning in the Department.

    So we...

    ... set up a teaching observation process for all Teaching Assistants and new Teaching Fellows, as well as a workshop for teaching staff and introduced a new Peer Observation process to share best practice

    Engagement

    You said...

    You would like a more detailed induction for PhD students.

    So we...

    ... are organising a more detailed induction for PhD students enrolling in 2018 with information and support specifically tailored to our PhD students.

    You said...

    You would like more opportunities to give feedback on your experiences.

    So we...

    ... organised daily drop-in sessions with the academic and pastoral support team and held ‘Coffee and Cake’ sessions with three senior members of staff, during which students can chat about any course issues.

    Assessment and Feedback

    You said...

    you would like more support to help plan your dissertation.

    So we...

    …redesigned the content of Research Methods to provide guidance on required standards for the dissertation and offered new topics such as STATA techniques for dissertations.

    Organisation and Management

    You said...

    You would like to be involved in decisions about how your course is run and you would like us to make it clearer how we have acted upon the feedback you give to us.

    So we...

    … arranged more meetings with student representatives and held extra focus groups. We overhauled the Module Evaluation process, improved and formalised the way in which we report back to you on issues that you raise. We involved the SSLC in action planning arising from PTES results, and improved email and website communications.

    Resources and Services

    You said...

    you have been able to access subject specific resources necessary for your studies.

    So we...

    … continued to invest in this area by adopting Moodle for all modules and creating new current student pages to help you access information about your course.

    You said...

    you would like the sense of community for Economics students to be stronger.

    So we...

    ... submitted a bid to the University for improvements to the Department’s physical space, including new space for postgraduates. We will continue to liaise with students on this.

    Skills Development

    You said...

    you would like more training in transferable skills (e.g. project management).

    So we...

    will be providing specific sessions on transferable skills throughout the PhD. Also, a dedicated webpage was set up with information on transferable skills training and we are in the process of setting up an additional training session on computer programming skills (Python, R) asked for by students.

    You said...

    you would like more engagement with employers from a wide variety of sectors.

    So we...

    introduced a bespoke Economics Careers Event with a wide range of high profile employers attending including HMT, GES, PwC and Frontier Economics plus many more.