The University of Essex has a full procedure on disseminating student survey results. In brief, this involves the following activity:
Understanding the results
National Student Survey (NSS) results are not published per department because not all university departments are the same. Different universities divide their subjects up in different ways so the NSS reflects this by publishing results using the universities sector-wide ‘joint academic coding system’ (JACS). These codes can be grouped together to give very broad subject groupings, such as social studies, made up from a collection of more refined groups, such as economics, politics or sociology. NSS subjects are made up of a hierarchy of three levels, each containing a number of groups from the level below.
National media publication
Once available NSS results and many other statistics are published on Unistats, the official website that helps students make an informed choice about choosing which university to apply to. At this time NSS results are also published in national newspapers’ university league tables and the University will communicate the results internally and externally to staff and students and in news releases.
The University’s Strategic Planning and Change Section provides a basic set of NSS results data for departments, who may request access to more detailed data. This data supplements course-specific feedback received from students during the Student Assessment of Modules and Teaching (SAMT), as a valuable tool that also serves to improve the quality of your educational and student experience before you reach the end of your programme. Heads of department or school subsequently give feedback to staff and student liaison committees on action taken in response to surveys.
Informing strategic planning and change
Results are also considered at University level and are used to inform the University's strategic planning processes with particular reference to those areas that are most important to students. Survey results also feed into annual programme monitoring and the annual departmental planning cycle.
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