Student Voice

There are a number of ways you can participate in activities and conversations which can influence the quality of learning and teaching at the University and improve the experiences of our students. 

Take a look and contact DLTE@napier.ac.uk to find out more.
 
 
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Feedback on Programmes

Institution-led Review (ILR)

Taught programmes at the University are reviewed every 6 years through a process called Institution-led Review. It is an ‘enhancement-led’ approach to review, meaning it is not about finding problems or criticizing individuals, but is about continuous improvement, and celebrating and sharing good practice. The review provides an opportunity for your lecturers, and other staff across the University to hear about your experiences on the programme, including things you think work well, and to involve you in making improvements.

This approach to review is used across Scottish higher education, and meets expectations set out by the Scottish Funding Council and the requirements of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

All students can contribute to the review of their own programme in a number of ways, such as participating in focus groups and meetings in the lead up to the review, replying to requests for feedback, and completing student surveys and questionnaires about the programme and modules.  You can also speak to your Programme Rep who can raise issues on your behalf at Student-Staff Liaison Committees, or you can become a programme rep yourself! 

 

Student Surveys

Student survey results are analysed and reported at all levels of the University, and are used to inform enhancements to learning and teaching. They are an essential part of the evidence-based used in the University’s quality processes, such as Institution-led Review (described above) and the annual review of all taught provision, referred to as ‘annual monitoring’.

The University participates in the following surveys:

Module Evaluation – conducted at the end of each module

Module Touchpoint surveys – conducted during the module

National Student Survey (NSS)

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

 
 
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Representation

Programme Reps are elected by their classmates to represent their programme and year. They represent the views and opinions of fellow students about programmes, such as the learning, teaching and assessment. Reps also provide a channel for communication between the teaching staff and the students, representing students on Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs). Through this dialogue with fellow students and University staff, and with support from ENSA, Reps can achieve some real change and help to improve the student learning experience at Edinburgh Napier.

Find out more about being a Rep
 
 

Student Panel Member

Being a student panel member on a quality panel is a great way to see behind the scenes at the University, and find out how taught programmes are developed, approved and reviewed. It is also a chance to make a valuable contribution to developments and enhancements in learning and teaching, to work in partnership with University staff and to contribute to a national process of ensuring the quality of Scottish university education.

Skills and experience you can gain:

  • Working in a professional panel environment
  • Working to deadlines
  • Assimilating and critically analysing information
  • Providing constructive feedback
  • Collective decision making

There are two types of panel event: new programme approval and Institution-led review. In both cases, a panel is brought together to consider a set of documentation, and to meet with the teaching team/s (for Institution-led review the panel also meets current students). Every panel has an experienced convenor, an internal academic, a member of staff from University professional services, an academic from another institution and/or industry representative, a member of staff from the Department of Learning & Teaching Enhancement, and a student panel member from a different subject to the programme under consideration. Panel events can last 1-2 days, depending on the number of programmes being considered, and panel members need to set aside some time to read the documentation and prepare.

Student Panel Member testimonials:


I felt that my comments and contribution have been heard and appreciated. I do see the value of taking part in the ILR as it allowed me to feel part of the both student and the University communities; moreover, it has given me a unique chance to leave a small mark impacting other generations to come. (Mary, 4th year student)

It was a very inclusive environment with everyone's comments and perspectives well respected. Finally, the outcome towards the end of the review was a really positive experience and being able to offer a valuable recommendation to the programme leaders. (Naish, 4th year student)

To apply to be a student panel member, please send a short expression of interest explaining why you would like to be involved and any relevant experience you feel you have to quality@napier.ac.uk. Please include your name and current programme of study.

 
 
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Students as Colleagues

Students as Colleagues is an innovative, award-winning programme that brings together students and staff to improve teaching practice.  On the programme students are trained as voluntary professional ‘reviewers’ of teaching practice and are paired with a staff member from a different discipline. During trimester 2, you will evaluate the content of a module and teaching practice, observing a tutorial or lecture and conducting a focus group with the students. Following this you provide written feedback to your staff partner.

In addition to formal training in evaluation, focus groups, feedback and communication skills, the programme offers the opportunity for students and staff to build positive, supportive relationships. On completion you will be able to demonstrate employability and professional capacities learned during the project, such as professional reviewing, providing constructive feedback and collaborative skills.

Dates for your diary (all workshops will take place online):

15 October 2020 Application deadline
21 Oct 2020 (1pm - 4pm) Welcome & Observation of Teaching Workshop (students only)
18 Nov 2020 (2pm - 3.30pm) Staff & Student Pairing Workshop
13 Jan 2021 (2pm - 5pm) Giving Effective Feedback & Careers Workshop (students only)
27 Jan 2021 (2pm - 4pm) Running a Focus Group (students only)
To find out more and to apply to join the programme email StudentsasColleagues@napier.ac.uk or click here