Your Experience Survey

Improving your experience

Improving your experience

Faculties, departments and teams across the University have provided an update on actions taken since the last National Student Survey.

To help make it clear to you what has been done, here are some of the highlights of what we have been doing to improve your student experience. 

Improvements at your Faculty

Teaching on my course

  • More funding dedicated to supporting ABE students to go on valuable and enriching field trips in the UK and abroad

Assessment and feedback

  • Increased attention to assessment and feedback. All marks and feedback will now be returned within 15 working days from the assessment due date

Academic support

  • All students will be assigned a personal tutor to help you fulfil your personal and academic potential

Employability

  • We have created new initiatives to help contextualize your learning preparing you for the world of work. Through newly developed assessment scenarios, guest lecturers, site visits and presentations your academic experience links directly to industry

Facilities

  • Completion of The Fabrication Lab now provides a single, coherent facility covering all aspects of traditional and digital making, advanced digital representation, and structural, material and environmental testing
  • £10,000 has been invested in new student lockers, available free to all students
  • Marylebone Campus will now open 8–11pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays (with the exception of those falling in the University Christmas closure)

Teaching on my course

  • We have invested in all courses to provide unique field trips both in the UK and overseas. International trips have included: India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Turkey, Taiwan, Australia, China, USA and Argentina. 

Assessment and feedback

  • Increased attention to assessment and feedback. All marks and feedback will now be returned within 15 working days from the assessment due date
  • Introduced new forms of assessment on some courses including video essay, website creation and annual monitoring feedback website

Academic support

  • All students will be assigned a personal tutor to help you fulfil your personal and academic potential

Employability

  • Our dedicated Social Science and Humanities work placement team offer weekly drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help you find the best and most relevant work placement and volunteering opportunities both at home and abroad. Over 160 SSH students enrolled on work placement modules in 2017–18
  • Regular employability talks take place at the end of lectures in all departments from October to December to highlight the career support available to you

Facilities

  • A silent study room is available on the Upper Ground Floor in Regent Street
  • A MacBook student self-service system has been installed in Regent Street computer lab B15

Teaching on my course

  • We introduced new Level 6 modules as part of the Learning Futures programme

Assessment and feedback

  • Increased attention to assessment and feedback. All marks and feedback will now be returned within 15 working days from the assessment due date

Academic support

  • The recording of lectures is now common practice for our core modules so that you can rewatch lectures in your free time or catch up if you missed them. We are continuing to roll this out across the School for more and more lectures

Employability

  • We are developing a dedicated space on Marylebone Campus for employability and outward mobility support and advice, this will be opening before Christmas 2017

Facilities

  • £10,000 investment in new student lockers, available free to all students
  • We have made improvements to the lecture theatres on campus including the provision of additional power sockets to charge your laptops, tablets and phones. There has also been refurbishment to classrooms on the third and fourth floors of the Chiltern Building
  • Marylebone Campus will now open 8am–11pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays (with the exception of those falling in the University Christmas closure)

Teaching on my course

  • We have increased the number of opportunities for field trips to more students to help increase your cultural awareness, inspire your aspirations, increase social capital and cohesion, as well as your employability prospects. Students have already enjoyed trips to a range of galleries and museums in London, as well as Aardman Animation studios in Bristol, the Venice Biennale Arte festival, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, Paris Photo, and Klik Animation festival in Amsterdam, and many more
  • We continue to offer modules that provide opportunities for collaboration across the University. These include the Art/Science Collaboration Module, Creative Encounters and Transmedia Practices, all of which engage students from different courses across the University
  • Student Engagement Weeks have been introduced to help enrich your experience through inter-disciplinary learning and collaboration across courses and faculties

Assessment and feedback

  • We have increased our attention to assessment and feedback and have now implemented a new policy. All marks and feedback will now be returned within 15 working days from the assessment due date

Academic support

  • Course Forums have been introduced to help improve communication between staff and students, providing more opportunities for students to feedback on their experience and for us to respond with enhancements
  • Weekly induction/test sessions have been introduced to help students feel confident in operating control rooms

Employability

  • The Creative Enterprise Centre (CEC) has successfully launched, bringing together career development, alumni and enterprise to provide a range of services to boost your employability while you are studying and after you graduate

Facilities

  • We have made improvements to classrooms in J-Studios, and have refurbished a lecture theatre, which enables new forms of group working and new approaches to teaching to engage students directly in presentations and interactive learning
  • All of our computers have now been upgraded to Mac OS Sierra (10.12.5). All music software application and plug-in bundles are fully updated to their latest version
  • The Emerging Media Space (EMS) has continued to invest in a broad spectrum of equipment and facilities that all revolve around the ethos of a maker/hackspace. This includes graphics tablets, 4k 360 cameras, vinyl cutting facilities, expanding the already comprehensive 3D printing material library and investment in the latest mixed reality VR technology
  • We have installed a 40-seat Avid Media Composer training and offline-editing lab which can be used for Avid video editing, as well as Avid Certified training
  • We have added Avid Media Composer and ISIS/NEXIS Server connection to ten high-end edit suites in J-studios

Teaching on my course

  • Students have a free subscription worth £250 for Lynda.com with unlimited access to 6,000+ courses and 30 new courses weekly
  • Introduction of a new module, Anatomy and Clinical Skills, has led to students having a much better understanding of the human body through hands-on experience

Assessment and feedback

  • Increased attention to assessment and feedback. All marks and feedback will now be returned within 15 working days from the assessment due date

Academic support

  • Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Applied Biology and Biomedical Sciences have organised a series of additional academic support sessions for levels 4 to 6. These are to provide additional guidance on employability and help with the project write-up
  • Psychology students benefit from a dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian to help with their library research needs

Employability

  • To promote employability, we introduced the employability hub on the ground floor on New Cavendish Street
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