The Student Experience and Opinion Panel is a community of Westminster students who engage in research activities to help improve the student experience, in exchange for a reward.
Last year's topics included:
- Assessment and feedback
- Financial support
- Learning and teaching
- Open days and postgraduate information evenings
You can find out more about the impact that the 2019/20 panel has had on the University by joining our Student Experience and Opinion Panel Facebook page or by contacting [email protected].
The Student Experience and Opinion Panel in 2020-21
Throughout the year we'd like to hear about your experiences and opinions on a range of improvements and developments at the University of Westminster. This year, all research (including focus groups, interviews and surveys) will take place online. Panellists who take part in the research topics are rewarded for their time through cash, e-vouchers and points on your Employability Award.
You can become a panellist by filling in our registration form.
The University is keen to identify students representing a broad spectrum of the student population and welcomes interest from students who study full-time/part-time, undergraduate/postgraduate and from a range of demographics.
Panel member reviews
"The Student Panel gave me numerous opportunities to contribute to the University's development as an institution, to the wellbeing of students as representatives of that institution and to my personal improvement. It established a collective consciousness, thus creating a deeper sense of belonging to University matters."
- Undergraduate student, Design, Creative & Digital Industries
"I enjoyed being part of the Student experience and opinion panel because it allowed me to share my views with the university and improve the services it offers for future students. If you want to feel more involved in university life, I would definitely recommend joining the panel and take part in face to face and online focus groups as well as other activities!"
- Postgraduate student, Westminster Business School
"I was excited to be on the student experience panel at the University of Westminster, as I believed it would be a chance to give feedback on how to improve the student experience for all students at the University, specially the first-year students who may have left home or their city or hometown for the first time since completing their A-Levels.
I enjoyed the face-to-face feedback sessions with other students as we come from a diverse academic background, mine being Law and Anthropology, we could give positive but yet different perspectives on studying at Westminster and being a student here. We discussed topics such as work experience, employment after graduation, extra support with studies and personal issues, societies, clubs and how to make freshers or new students welcome, via mentors and university ambassadors."
- Postgraduate student, Liberal Arts & Sciences
What is expected from student panellists?
Each student is an equal member of the panel. We ask that panellists:
- Participate honestly and constructively
- Respect others opinions and ensure you interact in a respectful way with fellow panellists
- Provide constructive opinions/feedback
- Ask questions and make suggestions
Occasional homework or preparation may be required before some of the sessions. Where this is required panellists will be given additional incentives for completion.
Participation is never mandatory. You can always drop out at any time although we prefer you to complete tasks once you start them and we don’t normally pay any incentives for incomplete tasks.
No-shows to groups (i.e. a student who signs up but does not attend to assigned research) will be removed from the panel if this occurs more than three times during an academic year.
What’s in it for me?
You will be helping to make sure that the university meets students’ needs. You get to have your views listened to and taken seriously, and you will have real input into decisions that will affect current and future students.
You will get to meet new people, receive incentives (in the form of cash – sent via transfer to your UK bank account, e-vouchers and points on your Employability Award) and it will also provide an opportunity to gain new skills and confidence. It’s a real chance to put your communication skills into action and to demonstrate your teamwork, time management, negotiation and presentation/meeting skills.
Joining the Student Experience and Opinion Panel
To become a member of the Student Experience and Opinion Panel you will need to complete an initial survey.
The information captured here forms the basis of your personal profile and helps us work out which future surveys and research projects will be most relevant to you. We work out which surveys or research projects are most relevant to you by comparing your personal profile information to the research requirements agreed for each research project. For example, the University may wish to capture the opinions of mature undergraduate students (aged 21+ at the time of enrolment) and therefore we would contact panellists whose profiles matched this criterion.
How is the Student Experience and Opinion Panel different to the Student Panel Advisers?
Student Panel Advisers represent the student voice in the course re-validation process. The Student Experience and Opinion Panel will cover a range of topics connected to student life, extending past learning and teaching and will seek opinions from students in an anonymised manner which is then fed back to the University.
Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice
Students can opt-out of the panel at any point by contacting: [email protected].
All your contact information will be deleted should you choose to opt-out of the Student Panel. For more information on our terms and conditions and how we use your personal information, please see the Student Panel Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice.