Philosophy is committed to revising its practices in dialogue with students
We are eager to hear student suggestions for improvement on our programme as a whole and to our individual courses. There are many avenues for you to communicate with us, both formally and informally. Below, find out some of the avenues for having your concerns addressed and how we adjust our practice in light of feedback.
Student-Staff Liaison Committee
By contacting your student representatives, you can have your concerns raised anonymously at the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, which happens twice a semester.
You can see minutes from previous meetings and find out who your representatives are:
You can also contact faculty directly:
Some important faculty in administering the undergraduate programme are the following:
- Undergraduate Director of Teaching: Guy Fletcher
- Pre-Honours Coordinator: Michael Cholbi
- Honours Coordinator: Michael Gill
- Joint Honours Coordinator: Brian Rabern
National Student Surveys
At the end of your final year, you will be asked to fill out a National Student Survey (NSS).
You can also provide feedback on individual courses.
Mid-course feedback cards
Sometime in the middle of the course, you will be asked to fill in a feedback card. This is an opportunity for you to provide real time feedback about what is going well and what needs improvement.
Course Enhancement Questionnaire
At the end of each course, you will be asked to complete a survey about your experience. The results of this survey are returned to the course organiser to use for improvement the following year.
Course organisers are happy to hear feedback on their courses during their office hours.
How we use feedback
Course organisers can sometimes improve a course in response to feedback in real time.
Other adjustments must be approved by School or College committees and so adjustments in light of feedback are used to improve the course the following year.
Some feedback requires balancing the different needs of students. In these cases, the faculty may bring it up for discussion in a Student-Staff Liaison Committee and at Philosophy department meetings.
Some feedback is acted on, but requires a long build up and a series of consultation with students, with partner degrees, and with college. Philosophy’s recent Honours Curriculum reform was initiated after student feedback, but took several years to implement.