Every year, during Semester Two, the University asks you to complete one or more surveys about your experience as a student at Edinburgh. The results of the surveys are now being used across the institution in the areas which matter to you most.
As a University committed to an excellent student experience, we need to know how you are being supported, how you are engaging with your studies, and how you would like us to change and develop to help you do better. Surveys are one of the most important ways in which we can hear your assessment of our performance and work to tailor what we offer to your needs.
You highlighted that you would value more opportunities to feel part of the many communities that make up the University of Edinburgh. In response, we are:
You highlighted that you would like more and better academic and student support. We are investing over £7million in projects which will deliver significant improvements to your experience over the next years, including:
You were also clear that you would like feedback on work to be prompt and useful. This has been a focus of work in the University for the past few years, and we have already made significant improvements to your feedback. Our practice now compares favourably to the rest of the University sector, but we will continue to make improvements until we reach the level you seek. This year we have changed our regulations to ensure that from September 2013:
Feedback can take the form of practice examination questions, verbal feedback in tutorials and seminars, self-generated or peer feedback from fellow students, or small group discussions and quizzes within lectures. ‘Feedforward’ involves you being provided with information to help you continually improve your marks. It might include a discussion on how to write an essay, or prepare for an exam.
Many Schools already get marks and feedback to you more promptly than these rules guarantee. Each School is also working to improve feedback in it’s own suite of degrees, and you will find a range of changes and developments as the academic year progresses, each of which will be designed to help you learn better from your time at the University.
In the last year you gave us very positive feedback around equality and diversity and in regard to our provision of learning resources. We have invested heavily in developments to improve Library and online provision, and are delighted to see that this has had an impact on your experience.