Filed under Student Engagement

‘Fifth best in the east midlands for sports facilities’: questionable survey press releases

‘Fifth best in the east midlands for sports facilities’: questionable survey press releases

The article (via limited access/paywall) from Times Higher Education about their Student Experience Survey, published on 9th April 2015, has led to the usual raft of press releases from university marketing departments highlighting the good news story for their institution. University of Loughborough: “In total Loughborough was ranked in the top ten in 14 of the survey’s … Continue reading

Helping students navigate committees

Helping students navigate committees

Higher Education Institutions are run by committee. For staff, both academic and administrative, who regularly attend committee meetings, it is likely that over time they have become accustomed to the form and practices of meetings but for student reps it can at first be an overwhelming and intimidating experience. The intimidating atmosphere is created by the formal … Continue reading

Conference report: ‘Developing Student Engagement and Partnership’ (15 May 2014)

Event summary: Developing Student Engagement and Partnership #dsep will focus on supporting and enhancing the delivery of effective student engagement in quality assurance. Its purpose is to support higher education professionals in building and embedding effective student engagement at UK higher education providers. Held at what I would describe as a swanky, new media-friendly, blue-sky … Continue reading

Student surveys: when are they ‘representative’?

Student surveys: when are they ‘representative’?

As an administrator in the higher education sector I have discussed, researched, pondered and weighed-up approaches to running successful student survey campaigns; both within defined parameters (e.g. NSS[1] and DLHE[2]; each with their own restrictions on how the surveys must operate) and with a fairly free hand to oversee internal surveys – to varying degrees … Continue reading

Penny for your thoughts: incentivising students

Penny for your thoughts: incentivising students

I was asked recently, by someone I’ve chosen to assume was playing devil’s advocate, whether students should be paid to act as student representatives; i.e. representing their year group at programme meetings (and other similar duties). Is the concept of reimbursement for this role a natural reaction to the need to engage students in university … Continue reading