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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

    You said...

    the quality of teaching was high and you liked practical real life examples and learning more about new theories.

    So we...

    ... will incorporate these suggestions of new theoretical material and applications in our redesigned Economic Analysis modules next year. Future cohorts of students will benefit from your helpful feedback. Thank you.

    You said...

    you would like the opportunity to study real maths analysis in the MSc curriculum.

    So we...

    .. organised weekly lectures in the Spring Term to help those of you planning to do a PhD programme after their MSc.

    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

    MRes:

    You said...

    You wanted more flexibility with regard to the choice of option modules in year two of the programme.

    So we...

    ... remodelled the second year of the MRes/PhD programme to give students more flexibility with regard to option modules they wish to follow, including being able to take modules from other departments as part of the requirements for the MRes

    Engagement

    You said...

    you felt challenged to produce your best work during the course and would welcome more opportunity to give feedback on your experience.

    So we...

    ... organised 'Coffee and Cake’ sessions with three senior members of staff, during which students can chat about any course issues. We have also created two new academic administrative roles: Senior Tutor, to support your personal wellbeing, and Director of Student Engagement and Progression, to support our objective of providing you with an outstanding teaching, learning and student experience.

    You said...

    an hour was sometimes not long enough to get through all the material covered in Support and Feedback classes.

    So we...

    ... agreed to review the appropriateness of volume and timing of classes, and teaching teams will use your feedback to revise seminar material

    Assessment

    You said...

    you wanted generic feedback on your examination performance.

    So we...

    ...have provided the provisional mark distribution for the Micro and Macro January exams. This feedback will help you see how well you are doing relative to the overall standard and aid your subsequent learning strategy. Examination feedback is embedded in our exam procedures and is available to students after September examinations have taken place.

    You said...

    you wanted more feedback on your progress in the Autumn Term.

    So we...

    …have introduced new coursework in Micro, Macro and Econometrics A, and reduced the weighting of the final exams. Coursework during the first term will provide an earlier guide to progress and challenge you to produce your best work.

    Dissertation

    You said...

    you valued the skills and subject knowledge of your supervisor and would like more support to help plan your dissertation.

    So we...

    … have redesigned the process of allocating supervisors so that you know who will be supervising you at an early stage. We also created a resource of frequently asked questions to help answer some of your common dissertation questions.

    MRes:

    You said...

    you would like more support in planning your dissertation and more information about the required standard for the dissertation.

    So we...

    ... We organised a dissertation workshop where we provided more information about the MRes dissertation and where the previous cohort of MRes students shared their experience of the MRes dissertation with current students.

    Organisation

    You said...

    you would like to be involved in decisions about how your course is run.

    So we...

    … have recently created a new role of PG Student Engagement and Experience Coordinator, whose job involves ensuring that the student voice is paramount in departmental initiatives, and being responsible for planning and delivering student events.

    MRes:

    You said...

    you would like more guidance and support when you start your course.

    So we...

    ... delivered a revised and expanded MRes induction session in autumn 2018.

    Resources

    You said...

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

    So we...

    ... have created new study and social spaces for both undergraduates and MSc students respectively.

    Skills Development

    You said...

    you would like the opportunity to develop your academic skills further during your course.

    So we...

    introduced a new session on academic skills at the start of term, alongside intercultural training, sessions on transitioning to University, and cultural show. We have also redesigned the support we offer in the summer term for dissertation writing.