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Student engagement

The collegiate University continually works to ensure that you receive the best student experience during your time here. By giving your feedback you can help identify strengths and weaknesses at Oxford University, while influencing future improvements.

Trinity term teaching and assessment survey 2020

All taught students were asked to complete a survey in Trinity term 2020 to get their feedback about online teaching and assessment. A total of 3,188 students took part. Points of interest included:

  • 64% of respondents were satisfied with their experience of the emergency teaching model put in place
  • 28% felt affected by their proximity to the university, with those who were domiciled outside the UK most likely to be affected. Around 20% of those affected were dissatisfied with the university response
  • 90% participated in live streamed sessions, with 75% satisfied with the experience
  • 87% had a very strong preference for the face-to-face classes and tutorials
  • Almost 65% of students said they watched a lecture video and 75% were satisfied with the videos
  • 75% quoted a lack of motivation to study as the biggest problem encountered during their studies, mainly because of uncertainty of the whole pandemic situation. Many also found the home environment under lockdown to be far from ideal to study
  • A third of respondents sat examinations and 60% were satisfied with the emergency exam and assessment model
  • 65% used the open-book exam practice site before sitting their exam and 79% found it helpful. 69% found navigating around the open-book exam WebLearn site easy, the same as submitting their exam responses (75%).

The results will be used to inform the development of teaching and assessment for Michaelmas term and beyond.

Tea with the Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, holds a series of afternoon teas to enable her to meet with a range of student members from the colleges. The teas take place throughout the academic year. They are organised by undergraduate, graduate taught and graduate research groupings, with colleges nominating students to attend.  

Vice-Chancellor's open office hours 

The Vice-Chancellor is holding open office hours four times a term. University student members are welcome to request a 15-minute appointment to raise any topic. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and the meetings take place in the Vice-Chancellor's office. For upcoming dates and appointment requests, visit the University website.

Student Advisory Group

The Student Advisory Group is collaboratively run between Oxford SU and the University’s Academic Administration Division. It is a group of up to 40 students who meet once a term to discuss student campaigns, new initiatives, changes to University processes and more. Group members are selected to represent the breadth of Oxford’s student body. Members include Oxford SU Sabbatical Officers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, students from existing representation groups, and students of various nationalities. Between meetings, members of the group are also contacted to complete surveys related to their university experience. The feedback from the group contributes to improvements in University communications, facilities, and services.

Members of the group are selected on their relevant experience and willingness to participate actively in the group. Apply to join

PTES and PRES surveys

The Postgraduate Taught/Research Experience Survey (PTES and PRES) is the only national survey aimed exclusively at postgraduate students. It allows us to compare how we are doing with other institutions and to make changes that will improve the postgraduate experience in the future. The University piloted the surveys this year, with a view that they will become our primary method of gaining feedback from postgraduate students. The full PTES and PRES Survey privacy statement is available to read. Both surveys involved rating a series of questions covering a range of experiences from 5 to 1 depending on how strongly you agreed or disagreed with the statement covering subjects such as supervision, assessment and support resources.

Largely a high level of satisfaction was indicated with postgraduate study at Oxford: 79% of research and 76% of taught postgraduates expressed satisfaction with overall experience, with an average score of 4.03 for research students and 3.95 for taught students. It was found that both research and taught postgraduates agree their programmes are stimulating with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff,  that skills have increased over the programme duration and supervision and teaching is good. Scores were lower with regard to assessment, sufficient feedback, marking and wider opportunities. In general there is a substantial number who would like more involvement in the running of courses and the opportunity to provide feedback.

All of this provides useful information for us to understand postgraduate experiences for to feed into our research, teaching and quality panels and enable the University to consider how we can look to improve programmes and the support received whilst studying at Oxford. As part of the survey, we pledged to donate to a charity of the student's choice on the Oxford SU's supported charities list for every completed submission. We are pleased to confirm we have donated £1000 across the four charities as follows:

Oxfordshire Mind £568.58

Meningitis Now £150.14

Beat Eating Disorders £150.11

Keen Oxford £131.17 

Student Barometer

The Student Barometer surveys all full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. The survey enables the University to benchmark your feedback on the student experience from application to graduation, against those of 120 other universities.

Results from previous years can be seen below on the Tableau data visualisation tool, which also allows you to compare results between colleges and departments over the years:

6,543 students responded to the survey in 2019 which represents a 29% response rate and we are very grateful for all your responses.

The results and the comments you submitted are being analysed on a confidential and anonymous basis by a wide range of departments/faculties, colleges and central services across the collegiate University as we consider both the quantitative and qualitative feedback you provided. Your comments are very insightful and provide us an evaluation of your student experience so far and an impetus for change and improvements.

National Student Survey

If you are a final year undergraduate you will be able to make your mark by completing the National Student Survey from Thursday 17 January  to Tuesday 30 April 2019. Your feedback not only contributes to improvements in the facilities, resources and teaching on offer to current students, but also helps prospective students choose the right institution and course for them. Further details about completing the survey will be sent to you by email.

The Graduate Outcomes Survey

Graduate Outcomes is a national survey of graduates 15 months after they leave university; the survey asks all leavers about their employment, further study, or other activities. The information you provide helps to inform prospective students’ choices, develop higher education policy, and enables universities to make improvements for their students. Find out more on the Graduate Outcomes website

Destination of leavers

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey asks what leavers were doing six months after they qualified from their course to provide detailed analysis of career paths.

Other surveys

Departments and faculties carry out surveys on individual courses and use lecture questionnaires to gain feedback on the quality of lectures. The views of students are also represented by undergraduate and postgraduate Joint Consultative Committees (JCC).

Colleges collect feedback from students through tutorial evaluation questionnaires, college questionnaires, students and tutors/college advisers meetings, and annual meetings between students and their senior tutor and/or head of house.

https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/life/student-engagement?wssl=1

The Student Advisory Group is collaboratively run between Oxford SU and the University’s Academic Administration Division. It is a group of up to 40 students who meet once a term to discuss student campaigns, new initiatives, changes to University processes and more. Group members come from across the University and have been selected to represent the diversity of Oxford. Members include Oxford SU Sabbatical Officers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, students from existing representation groups such as LGBTQ+ and Oxford African and Caribbean Society, and students of various nationalities. Between meetings, members of the group are also contacted to complete surveys related to their university experience. The feedback from the group contributes to improvements in University communications, facilities, and services.

Members of the group are selected on their relevant experience and willingness to participate actively in the group - and to ensure a representative sample from across the student body in terms of demographics and level of study.

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