Feedback to the College –  PG SOLE

Student feedback and evaluation of provision is an essential part of the quality assurance process for the MSc in Environmental Technology.

This relates to both students receiving feedback and also the need for reflection with students giving feedback.

Feedback to Students

The role of feedback in the learning process is to inform of where and how learning and performance can be improved. Feedback on learning can come from fellow students, lecturers, support staff such as demonstrators, external speakers /experts or the student themselves. The course has a number of feedback mechanisms to facilitate this, including:

  •  Written feedback on students’ individual work, or the work of group of students.
  • Verbal feedback either to individuals or groups of students though the tutorial and the option groups.
  • Direct feedback in lectures or workshops
  •  Feedback be external experts and panel members for coursework and its assessment (reports and presentations)
  • Feedback from exams though marking and discussions with the Personal Tutor for the Core Course and option convenor(s) for the Option term
  • Overall performance feedback in discussion with the Personal Tutor

In general, our feedback mechanisms focus on the activity and what was expected when this activity is assessed, aim to be constructive, providing meaningful information to students about their learning and correct misunderstandings, identify and reinforce students' strengths, guide them on how to improve and allow them to take a more active role in their learning.

Feedback from students

We value all feedback we receive and we aim to communicate what it means and how we use it to improve the course. We hope that the process is not too onerous, and therefore utilise a series of different mechanisms throughout the year.

The student representatives and the Staff Student Committee play a central role to the continuous and systematic dialogue between our teaching teams and our students, which aims to enhance and continuously improve our course.

We hold student rep elections at the end of the 2nd week of the Core Course term, following student hustings in the first week.  Three student reps are elected using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) proportional electoral system. We actively encourage candidates to stand from across the community, e.g. from overseas and across different Option interests.  In additional a volunteer computer rep is appointed to liaise directly with ICT over computing issues.  Other students are co-opted by the reps to help with social functions.

The timing for feedback follows the structure of the course and is requested as follows:

CORE COURSE (Oct-Dec)

  • Weekly Questionnaire on Blackboard on individual session feedback, reviewed by the Core Course Director and acted upon where necessary;
  • Meetings with Personal Tutors;
  • One option meeting in the middle of the term from which feedback is provided by Option Convenors to the Core Course Director;
  • Staff student Committee Meeting which feeds directly into the MSc Committee;
  • Informal liaison by the Core Course Director with students and student representatives;
  • Informal liaison over drinks following Policy Seminars;
  • Core Course External Examiner meets with students at the end of January when reviewing examination and course work marking;
  • End of term PG SOLE  Questionnaire; which feeds directly into the annual Core Course review that takes place each summer;
  • End of term Staff student Committee Report.

OPTION TERM (Jan-March)

  • Weekly Module/Option Subject meetings, with feedback provided by all students and discussed with Option Convenors (timetabled weekly);
  • Staff student Committee Meeting;
  • Meetings with Personal Tutors;
  • Meeting with convenors and module leaders;
  • Informal interactions during field trips;
  • Informal liaison over drinks following Policy Seminars;
  • End of term PG SOLE  Questionnaire;
  • End of term Staff student Committee Report.

PROJECT TERM (April-Sept)

  • Interim Viva;
  • Staff student Committee Meeting;
  • Meetings with Personal Tutors;
  • Meetings with Project supervisor(s);
  • End of term PG SOLE  Projects Questionnaire – run as a pilot in 2011 first time;
  • End of Term Staff student Committee Report.