We are committed to continually improving our students’ experience. As students, your feedback is vital in helping us understand what we are doing well, what you’d like us to improve on, and what our priorities for improvement should be.

You can do this by taking part in a number of surveys to let us know how you think we are performing in areas such as teaching and learning, academic support, assessment and feedback, student services and facilities.

Taking part in these surveys allows your voice to be heard so that we can improve the experience of our current and future students, and help prospective students make informed choices about which university or college to apply to.

The University of Stirling participates in the following key national surveys:

  • The National Student Survey (NSS) gives final year undergraduates across the United Kingdom the opportunity to give feedback on their learning experience in higher education.
  • The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) give postgraduate students the opportunity to comment on what they liked and did not like about their student learning experience during their time in higher education.
  • Times Higher Education’s Annual Student Experience Survey gathers the views of more than 13,000 undergraduates, to explore the factors that matter most to them - from the quality of teaching to the social life on campus.
  • International Student Barometer - Stirling takes part in the global benchmark for the international student experience. We want to hear what is most important to our international students
  • Stirling Experience Survey - our internal non-final year undergraduate survey. This gives 1st to 3rd years the chance to influence their future learning experiences at the University

We value your feedback here at the University of Stirling, both good and bad!

In response to various student surveys we have taken action to address the following:

Feedback Policy

You said

Sometimes it takes a while to receive feedback on my work.

We did

We, along with the Students' Union, have developed a Feedback and Feedforward Policy

Assignment feedback lets you know what you did well and what you could improve on and feedforward tells you how to do well in the future. The policy expects formal feedback on summative assessments to be returned to you within 3 weeks (any exceptional circumstances preventing this should be communicated to you).

Feedback and feedforward are key parts of the learning process - the University takes both very seriously.

E-books

‌  You said

eBooks are great, more eBooks please!

eBooks have saved my academic life.

I find them useful, wish there were more of them!

Library Iceberg - YSWD 2016

 

‌‌We did‌

We have made several targeted purchases of eBook collections. This represents a total of 199,000 titles - all available through the library catalogue.

 

We also recognise that the library catalogue interface needs to be updated and enhanced. We have reviewed the options for replacing the system and user interface and plan to implement a change to the interface and search functionality very soon. 

  

  

 

 

Venue

You said

We need more flexible social space - there isn't enough seating in the Atrium.

We didVenue - SU

In partnership with the Students' Union, we invested in and delivered Venue.

Venue is the Union's brand new multi purpose space. Host to events throughout the year, as well as a space for use by student clubs, Venue is also a great place to grab some lunch!

Box

You said

We need more ways to work flexibly - I need access to all of my learning materials on the go!

We did

We have recently launched BOX, the cloud-based storage application, for all students. BOX offers you a new place to store files and work collaboratively. BOX is available on university PCs, personal laptops, tablets and many more mobile devices. Storage is unlimited for all students!

Study room during exams

Y‌ou said

We need more study space at peak times

‌We did

Library open 24/7 for duration of December examination period.

  • Enterprise zone opened for study
  • Additional study space located in Haldanes and Pathfoot Crush Hall for exam period
  • Silent study introduced on levels 3 and 4 for the duration of the exam period
  • Library 24/7 study zone open as usual

We are proactive!

You didn’t say, but we did anyway…‌

  • Upgraded to Office 2013 - students can access Office products on personally owned devices.
  • Grad Ball tickets available online … nice and easy!
  • Online shop for replacement documents ... useful for graduates!
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