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You said, together 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.

You said...

You are inspired and engaged by lectures and classes which are stimulating, interactive and innovative.

So we...

... introduced a new Teaching and Learning seminar series for staff to encourage innovation in teaching and share best practice, including sessions on using Forums and Turning point to increase participation and engagement. This generated further ideas for application in departmental teaching practices which are being taken forward by a group of colleagues.

Assessment and Feedback

You said...

You would like to see assessment deadlines and tests scheduled so that bunching and over-burdening is avoided.

So we...

... made adjustments so that assessments and tests are fairly spaced, as far as possible and will be continuing with this process.

You said...

You would like clearer assessment criteria for your modules, so that you know what you have to do in order to do well in the module.

So we...

... introduced Revision Cafes prior to core module tests, partly aimed at helping to set expectations for upcoming tests. We are discussing further improvements in this area with the Student Engagement Group.

You said...

You would like more feedback within your modules, to help you understand how you are progressing.

So we...

... introduced Support and Feedback Classes to allow more opportunities for you to give and receive feedback on your work, an approach which appears to be helping improve understanding of feedback as a holistic experience.

Academic Support

You said...

You would like more contact with staff and better academic and pastoral support.

So we...

... organised daily drop-in sessions with the academic and pastoral support team for students who want to discuss any issues. We also hold ‘Coffee and Cake’ sessions with three senior members of staff, during which students can chat about any course issues.

You said...

You would like more guidance for students choosing between Maths/Stats A and B.

So we...

... introduced maths and stats drop-in sessions at the start of term, as well as daily drop-in sessions held by our academic and pastoral support team, to provide guidance to students making this study choice.

You said...

You would like us to provide you with more study support.

So we...

... introduced pre-test Revision Cafes, weekly Study Skills Sessions for most of our core modules, and drop-in sessions for maths and stats to provide additional academic support.

You said...

You would like better advice when you need to make study choices.

So we...

... introduced new daily Academic and Pastoral Office hours and set up a new system to flag up when your module choices contravened degree course regulations. This will help you to more easily tell whether your study choices will be approved. Also, we will be producing short videos with staff and students talking about optional modules.

Learning Opportunities

You said...

You would like more opportunities to improve your public speaking and presentation skills.

So we...

...introduced new elements into the Personal Development Module to provide students with more opportunities to develop such skills and are continuing to look at other innovations.

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.

Learning Community

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 a common room for undergraduates. We will continue to liaise with students on this.

Student Voice

You said...

You would like us to make it clearer how we have acted upon the feedback you give to us.

So 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 NSS results, and improved email and website communications.