Engagement Week Feedback Faculty of Education and Sport—Chelsea School of Sport
Vice President of Academic Affairs Engagement Week Data— Education and Sport Chelsea School of Sport 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 69 students across the School of Architecture and Design. All of these students were from Eastbourne Campus. Respondents were largely male, 38, with 31 female respondents. The majority of the respondents were in first year (81%) and third year (13%) and all were undergraduate students. This summary includes an overview of comments on the top six comment subject areas with comparison to the university comment trends. The full Keep, Start, Stop commentary from students in the School of Architecture and Design is included at the end of the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 What have you said? Most of your comments have been about Teaching and Learning, with a large amount indicating a positive experience. However, there are also a large amount of statements on what needs to stop and what you would like to see start. Following this are your comments on programme design including positive comments on the balance of practical and theory classes and suggested improvements on planning of deadlines and assessments. There are a number of positive comments on sports including the free gym and range of clubs with a high demand for astro turf pitch floodlights. There are also a number of comments on the library being too far away and how it would be useful for it to open longer hours.
Some more detail... Teaching and Learning There are a particularly high percentage of students commenting on Teaching and Learning with over 50% offering positive comments about teaching, just below 50% about aspects of teaching and learning that they would like to see stop and 29% with suggestions for improvement. Positive comments focussed on the enthusiasm and expertise of tutors. The positive and supportive relationship between tutors and students was also commented upon alongside their availability. The volume of interactive teaching was seen as something students valued along with the learning of new topics and ideas. Aspects of learning and teaching students would like to see less of were long passive lectures. There were some comments on the lack of consistency of approach to certain subjects. Suggestions for improvements included having breaks in long lectures or changing to shorter classes.
Programme Design A large percentage of students also commented on programme design. The balance between the practical and theoretical was commented upon in a positive way. There were also positive comments on the range and variety of modules available. The amount of time given to placements on course was also seen as beneficial. There were some comments on the planning of assessment and deadlines and how these could be more spread out. More guest speakers were seen as desirable and increased assessment of progress throughout the course were suggestions for improvement.
Sports Comments on Sport for this School were always likely to be higher. Students spoke positively of the free gym access and the range of clubs and courses available to them. Comments for improvement focused on the Astro Turf Pitch which students would like to see free hire of included in gym membership and floodlights installed .
Organisation The key organisational feature that students were positive about was the Wednesday afternoon off to allow time to be spent on sporting activities. Having more than one long lecture per day was seen as poor organisation and suggested improvements were to spread these out or make them shorter.
Catering Catering comments showed that students would like to see less restrictions on catering hours, increased variety of food.
Learning Resources Students gave positive comments on the use of Student Central and the distribution of lecture notes. Some felt that the library faculties were too far away and suggestions for improvement were that the library should have longer opening hours.
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 Studentsâ€™ 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 donâ€™t hesitate to get in touch: email@example.com
Organising out of lecture time tutorials and the students union Excellent teaching quality and lab practical time Practical element to the degree and good student support by tutors Having good lectures Cleaner Good timetable organising and interesting lectures and lecturers Interesting lectures Free gym membership Offering lots of sport Guest speakers Socials Ample facilities Senior students lecturing/mentoring Practical and teacher based lectures Keep a good range of modules and experiences I can take and the opportunities that I have at University Socials Socials Allowing time for practical study having lots of sports clubs and courses to attend Putting resources and information on student central Providing amazing placement and graduate job opportunities Keep teaching me Sport promotion, ski and camping trips, free bus Providing the free bus back to halls on a Monday/Wednesday and providing helpful workshops Having lots of practical elements; camping, ski trips and surf trip. Secondly, the relationship between lecturers and students is really positive Thirdly, having discussions/debates in lectures make them more interactive/interesting Having interactive lectures that engage the student Wednesday no lectures- sports day Introducing new topics and ideas Lectures that get students involved and putting work and learning materials on student central Good information with emails and advice with tutorials Providing a wide range of clubs Printing our lecture notes Wednesdays off for sport games, student central Wednesdays off for sport, very practical courses and Chlamydia testing Good contact over emails Free gym membership Practical elements and enthusiasm of lecturers International students Sports courses Practical Modules!! Providing resources foe lectures and providing good meals FAB us events Providing tutorials and giving good feedback whilst on school placement Labs and short lectures Sending me informative emails and having practical lab groups Keep the big variety of modules that are present from psychology, science and sport policy. Secondly, keep the lectures from sports coaching Promote events at the Students Union Mixture of practical and non practical Like the mixture of practical with theory lessons, work well together Small grouped studies and one on one tutorials I like that tutors are made available several times a week for tutorials. The same lectures and good timetable (number of lessons per week) Provide a range of sporting activates Quality of expertise of staff teaching. The facilities available to students
Social activities and course bonding Wednesdays off for sport Lectures based on teacher training which are beneficial when on placement keep offering a substantial time period for placement Events and organising Good events throughout the year Running events with the SU To keep putting slides on the site One on one tutorials Organising nights our/events and giving us washing up liquid Good lectures The students union Providing the good quality of teaching and keep up doing events that engage the students Encouraging sport teams Having a good library Practicals
Have days where it is full day lectures (e.g. where it is 3 hours straight) Sometimes poor written feedback, could be improved Passive learning in lectures- make them more active Having 2 hour long lectures and lectures at 9am after nights out Reading on much more clear views Early lectures and turning heating off in my room Library too far away early lectures on a Thursday Making stupid course reps Sport policy year 1 Combining sport coaching and sport science 2 hour lectures Opinionated lecturers 9am on a Thursday So much readings Lectures being more active rather than sitting and listening Fish and chips on a Friday 2 hour lectures 2 hour lectures Lectures after 4pm teaching the same modules with different philosophies having students work marked by someone who didn't teach them Making lectures boring they need to be more interesting with the students more involved Staff whose knowledge is out of date or no longer relevant Fish and chips on a Friday Library opening hours, halls fees are too expensive Ending free breakfast at 9.30am Having lectures everyday, id prefer to have packed days for say 2/3 days and then a few days off. Secondly, only having 2 compulsory tutor meetings, need more individual monitoring Reading material that is unavailable to Mac users and reading material that is very difficult to come by Deadlines and exams on same day Picking people out in lectures
Closing library early and charging too much for printing and photocopying (maybe deals if you print/copy so many pages) Also closing SU early, it used to be 4 but now 3? People have lectures most of those times Sending me tonic emails All the lecturers would stop being so lazy and reply to my emails Having all the deadlines together 9am lectures on a Thursday morning, option for self catered at halls as the food isn't that great PSHE lectures that are theory based and about the history etc. PSHE is a vital for school and teaching and learning actual PSHE would be fantastic however we learn theory/history from a man with a coast with elbow pads and who uses an overhead projector. Using Wednesdays for extra COMPULSORY lectures!! People use this day for sports or jobs and to get in trouble for missing lectures is UNFAIR!! I can rarely read feedback, typed would be better Early lectures on Thursday PowerPoint's filled with too much information n/a n/a Allowing sport teams to be run by third years as it makes it even harder to get into the first team. We also need more swimming times and stop shutting off the gym for lecture times in the morning Repetitive, generic assessment format Pointless lectures on lecturers opinion and clustered hand in dates Long boring lectures Charging for everything in halls! Secondly, too long lectures Long lectures 9am Lectures Thursday mornings and space deadlines out more evenly 9 am lectures Continue modules all year Sometimes lectures have too much information and would be better with demonstrations Long monotone lectures which are read word for word off PowerPoint Putting deadlines/examinations in very close proximity to one another - spread them out a bit more (2-3 days) Make catered halls optional and more varied sports rather than just main stream Library fines, should bring in strike system like three chances and then you pay Some lectures are boring, not engaging Time limits on food, longer brekkie n/a Some lectures have little relevance to the point in time of what we are learning charging for printing during exam / assignment periods Make the lectures more entertaining Making lectures boring Offering such a limited tutorial time. Stop encouraging me to use ICT then using OHPs or no PowerPoint in lectures BRING BACK STOKERS! Library is too far from campus Long lectures Firstly, stop sending junk mail Secondly, stop finishing cooked breakfast so early Cancelling lectures Timetable 3 hour lectures Closing the library at such an early hour, it the resources were available later at more flexible hours I would use it more. Stop the ambiguous terms of timetable, make it clear from an early stage Lecture notes before lectures online Fish and chips on Friday Bad time table
Allow free use of the ATP and try and get floodlights for it Asking 1st years to all take part in in dissertation study as part of their learning experience Be able to use the astropitch with gym membership Better sporting facilities with more sport teams e.g. only 2 football teams and many more people want to play. Shorter lectures Better SU- too expensive Bigger variety of tasty meals in Sprinters Bring library closer Cheaper halls or lunch included in price Fix my uni email please Free food Flood lights on the astro Cheaper gym membership Floodlights Weekend meals Floodlights for the ATP Floodlights on Astro Floodlights on the ATP Floodlights on the ATP Better variety of food at Sprinters Floodlights on the football pitch and weekend meals Floodlights, weekend meals and cafe shop Get floodlights on the ATP pitch giving free photocopying and printing for students work Giving more feedback and offer more help making lectures more engaging Guest speakers from industry to come into lectures Handing out protein Have a coach for netball and stop making us pay for fitness. Free bus on a Friday and a better SU Have longer hours for breakfast and dinner and provide more washing machines at halls Have more breaks in lectures as I sometimes fall asleep Have more guidance with readings and essays as sometimes you feel like your in the dark Have reading material in document format online ready to read and analyse Having essays checked by at least two people Having fewer lectures per day Having more books (library) available to read online especially Journals. Also on site shop (welkin) to provide everyday essentials Lecturers to be more interactive with students when in a lecture and get floodlights on the ATP Lecturers would help and reply to my emails Lectures later in the day Make lectures only an hour long Make modules less practically assessed- my skill level will not make me a good teacher however, my knowledge/ coaching/teaching etc WILL. Make the module more relevant to the assignment so I can apply the theories to the assessment Making nice dinners More coaching for more time More comfortable seats More contact hours and more practices for people who are weaker at sports More football teams- 2 teams, 200 trialists...? Use the astro for free with out gym membership More guest speakers More guidance on assessment criteria More hash browns on a Friday More hash browns on Friday. Hash browns everyday More interaction between staff and students Floodlights on ATP Improve Catering facilities at Sprinters Offer more sports clubs More practical assessments More practical modules on wide range of sport More practical, with theory based More practice exams on student central More regular term time assessment of progress - send out progression letter twice a semester. This allows students to
alter their work rate/effort accordingly to reach maximum potential. More seminars per course with more group work More variety of desserts and play on the astro pitch for free with gym membership More visual lectures to keep students engaged More washing machines, get a netball coach and get a bus from town to uni regularly n/a open the pool room 24hours a day 7 days a week - as they do at other campuses Open the student union longer/better facilities Provide online readings More feedback on work make lectures more engaging by reducing lecture time Providing more events like Dance Rivals Putting floodlights on astro turf Short lectures Show more football matches in Stokers and open stokers! Smaller classes Smaller, shorter lectures Utilise the SU more and make it an accessible and cool place to go. More communication with tutors and a campus shop to provide us with necessities Wi-Fi everywhere Wi-Fi! in Halls Wireless everywhere