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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.

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. Our selection will also seek to ensure as diverse a range of students as possible. We are inviting some student members from liberation and sectional campaigns as well as two Oxford SU Sabbatical Officers to sit on the group.

Student Barometer

The Student Barometer surveys full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. Final year undergraduates are excluded as they are surveyed in the National Student Survey (NSS). The survey enables the University to benchmark your feedback on the student experience from application to graduation, against those of 120 other universities.

A link to the Student Barometer survey will be sent to your University email address on Monday 18 November 2019 from the Pro Vice Chancellor Education, if you are eligible to participate. Please note that the ‘from’ field will display as ‘University of Oxford oxford@euro.confirmit.com’ as each student receives a unique URL link with some course data pre-populated. Your feedback will be used by colleges, departments, faculties and central University services to identify strengths and weaknesses and put in place changes to help improve your experience at Oxford. 

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:

7,863 students responded to the survey in 2018 which represents a 40% 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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