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Engagement Week Feedback Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Vice President of Academic Affairs Brighton and Sussex Medical School Hi everyone, We’ve been busy coding and analysing your comments from Engagement Week, now on a School by School basis. The sheer amount of data we have collected is amazing! From teaching to transport, assessment to accommodation and canteens to Camtasia you clearly have an opinion on all areas of academic life and are not scared to let us know about it. Demographics We collected qualitative feedback from 8 students at BSMS The full Keep, Start, Stop commentary from students at BSMS is included in this document. Thanks again for all of your feedback—we look forward to closing the feedback loop and reporting the changes very soon! Amy Rutland | VP Academic Affairs E: bsuvpa@brighton.ac.uk Facebook: VP AcademicAffairs Brighton-su Twitter: bsuacademic Blog: Brighton SU Academic

‘I MY EDUCATION’ A Few Words on the Data Analysis We have now coded the data under a number of categories coving academic issues, organisational issues an d other facilities and activities at the University of Brighton. We collected data from 1126 students and often each ‘Keep’, ‘Stop’ and ‘Start’ comment box had multiple comments addressing a number of areas of concern, delight and suggested improvements. Comments ranged from brief and specific to long and detailed and we would like to thank all students that took part for the consideration put into the responses given. This research now forms a rich database of student opinion across the university and will be a valuable source of input for not only the upcoming institutional review but also decision making process at the university. A detailed discourse analysis of the comments will be available soon with a school by school breakdown. Keep an eye on the new research area on the Students’ Union website for updates! http://www.ubsu.net/research


Overview

Keep Comments    

Good price gym Lots of libraries Good communication between students and school office Comprehensive library resources Dissection using cadavers Maintain a high standard of teaching, small groups, visiting clinicians etc Being flexible with students needs e.g. (group timetables, allowing swapping etc) More medical books in the Moulsecoomb library Healthy food in the cafe including more vegetarian options

Stop Comments 

giving us the opportunity to arrange our own GP placements without letting us know what date we are allocated to yet Putting pressures of deadlines all at once (although this may be due to a clash with out Sussex based modules), timetable isn't great Re Students who live in Brighton Uni accommodation flexibility of cancelling contracts for students who are biding by contract but getting disturbed by other housemates Right of those who are the victim of noise disturbance from housemates

Start Comments     

more computers in IT facilities - longer library/ computer pool opening hours Cheaper fruit & vegetables at cafe Faster IT - sometimes I can't send an email in a 15 minute break because it takes 10 mins to log on Make connections with medical schools abroad to help with organising electives Take into account that we all have a range of differing clinical experience and teach accordingly Be more specific when providing portfolio feedback The accommodation manager (name removed)... needs to be sent on training course to learn how to help students who are the victim of noise disturbance & onto attitude change course


What Happens next with the Engagement Week Data This data is already being used in the university to inform decisions that they will be making to improve the student experience. Reports from the data will be fed into university committees and any changes made as a result of your comments will be fed straight back via course reps and the Students’ Union website. The data will also be feeding into the Student Written Submission which we are due to submit to the QAA as part of the Institutional Review in November 2012. The first draft of this document will be available late June for you to pass comment on. We will be passing reports to school reps and course reps to ensure they have evidence to help them make changes in their own areas. If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch: h.mcknight@brighton.ac.uk


BSMS - Engagement Week Feedback