In instances where lecturing or programme staff may like a deeper understanding of particular experiences of their students, consultations are very often an effective way to gather information. These sessions are run as small or larger scale focus groups, and staff are often invited to participate. The topic/range of questions are agreed in advance and the sessions are facilitated by staff from AnSEO, with a report generated post-event for action.
Student consultations have been run at Faculty, School, Department & class level across all 4 campuses to date with conversations ranging from the 1st year & 2nd year experience, work placement, assessment & feedback and the student experience.
Students and staff are encouraged to follow the A, B, C. D feedback model from sparqs (Student Partnership in Quality, Scotland).
Testimonials from a Faculty Forum - Engineering & Science
"It's been refreshing to hear from students" -Staff
"It's useful seeing problems/issues from all angles" - Student
"It was nice meeting/talking with staff informally & getting staff perspective" - Student
"I liked how the lines of communication were opened between staff & students" - Student.
"I liked the informality of it and how we focused on a small number of key topics" - Staff
"We should have one of these every year" - Student.
To date 100% of staff & students indicated they would recommend these consultations to a colleague/friend.