In October and November, students were asked to take part in the first phase of the Student Barometer Survey and let the University know what it does well, and what it needs to improve. The aim was to build a comprehensive picture of the many different aspects of student life at Manchester, informing the University’s ambition to provide an outstanding experience.
A wealth of information provided by over 8,000 Manchester students – a fantastic response – is being carefully analysed and over the coming months will be used to inform changes and to make improvements across the University. But it is also important the views and opinions of the students are collected across the academic year, to check whether their expectations are being met, and whether previously identified good support and service is being maintained.
So once again the University and Students’ Union have teamed up and are asking all Manchester students to ‘Tell Us’ – by taking the Student Barometer Survey via My Manchester (http://my.manchester.ac.uk)
There is a £200 prize plus 20 x £20 prizes up for grabs for students completing the survey – and a £500 prize for the School with the best response rate and £500 for the School with the most improved response rate, to be spent on enhancing the student experience.
(The name of the Unit Evaluation Questionnaires has been changed to the Unit Survey). Unit Surveys are part of the University’s commitment in ‘Towards Manchester 2015’ to listen to students and to seek annual improvements in the quality of the teaching and learning they experience. Students are given the opportunity to provide this type of feedback twice a year, in Semester 1 and Semester 2, for all their taught courses as they are coming to completion.
Results from the Unit Survey are reviewed locally at unit- and School-level, and formally during the Annual Performance Review of each Faculty. The process seeks to identify units that achieve high levels of satisfaction so that the staff concerned can be congratulated, and their achievements disseminated for the purposes of enhancement. The surveys can also highlight courses, or parts of courses, that are received favourably by students for specific innovations. The unit survey process is designed to enhance overall levels of student satisfaction, which will be monitored from year to year.
The Online Unit Surveys will be available via Blackboard. Several Schools have chosen to use a paper-based questionnaire in place of the online version. The dates that the Barometer and Unit Survey are available to students are as follows:
Student Barometer Survey – Wednesday 18th April to Thursday 17th May 2012
Unit Survey – Monday 30th April to Friday 11th May 2012