STUDENT VOICES: University seeks student feedback with survey campaign

The University of Brighton has launched a campaign to obtain student feedback, by encouraging final years to complete the National Student Survey and launching the Brighton Student Survey specifically for other students.

The National Student Survey is a government-run initiative which seeks feedback from final-year students at over 300 universities and colleges across the UK. Students answer 22 questions on issues including teaching, opportunities and resources, before giving an overall assessment on their course. The University of Brighton has performed in line with the national average for the past five years, but the Student Union has performed more poorly, recording just 54% satisfaction last year.

At least half of students must respond to the survey for the results to be valid, so the University is directing resources to encourage final-years to take part. In a statement, they said: “We want students to know that completing the National Student Survey and Brighton Student Survey is essential to making improvements to their course and the University. This is an opportunity for students to make their voice heard. We also want students to know that the procedure is easy and takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete.”

The Brighton Student Survey is a new initiative to gather the opinions of non-final year students, so improvements can be made while they are still at the University. A £50 voucher is being offered to one randomly selected student who completes it, and all schools which reach the 60% completion target will be given £1000. The School of Health Studies has committed to donating a portion of this to charity.

The National Student Survey, which closes on 30th April, can be completed by final year students here. A link to the Brighton Student Survey can be found on the homepage of StudentCentral.

by Tommer Spence

The Verse Staff

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