Creating a positive student survey culture: closing the Course Experience Survey feedback loop

As a University, we place a lot of emphasis on working in partnership with students, to create a positive learning community in which students are fully engaged and motivated. Student surveys can play a significant part in helping create and sustain that partnership. Overall, we are good at student surveys, our NSS response rate is well above the national average and last year our results went up on all questions. Moreover, our NSS results for student voice are very positive – the 2018 results put us as 25/151 HEIs in terms of satisfaction on this set of questions. However, looking at the breakdown for individual questions by Institute (now School) shows variation – with three Institutes scoring very highly and three showing significant room for… Read moreCreating a positive student survey culture: closing the Course Experience Survey feedback loop

Measuring the impact of projects and student focused interventions: lessons from the Library Student Engagement Team

Colleagues preparing TEF submissions will recognise how important it is to be able to measure the impact of projects and activities intended to improve the student experience. The Library Services Student Engagement Team have been thinking about this, and have produced a report on their 2017/18 project work. Library Services student engagement 2017-18 impact document Including lots of infographics, it makes interesting reading, both in relation to how Library Services have been working with students to improve the Service, and also in relation to how project leaders can build impact assessment into project design. Additionally it has some impressive materials on how to communicate project impact.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Deans #150 leaders programme 2018

Two nursing and one midwifery student successfully applied to complete this student leadership programme, which offers innovative ways for developing future healthcare professionals, including leadership training, networking and mentoring. There were over 750 applicants for the 150 places UK wide. The 2 nursing students are now the School Representatives for the School of Nursing and Midwifery and acting as excellent role models for all course representatives within the School, offering leadership, guidance and support. The midwifery student has also been nominated in 2 further categories of this programme: Top #150 Leaders Mentoring Partnership and Midwife. Student reflection on the impact of the #150 Leaders Programme (Evie Poole, 3rd year Adult Nursing) Why did you want to apply for the leadership programme? I wanted to join… Read moreNursing and Midwifery Council of Deans #150 leaders programme 2018

School of Education Adverse Life Experience Conference October 2018

In 2015 the Institute of Education was awarded £1,000 for achieving over 55% student engagement with the University’s Course Evaluation Survey (CES). Following discussion with academic staff, the Institute Student Representatives decided to use the money to support the establishment of an Academic Society (Education Enhancement Society). In 2017 the society won the Student Union Award for best new society. When the Institute was awarded £1,000 in 2017 the Student Representatives decided once again to donate the money to the society. The money was to be used to fund a conference focusing on supporting children who have experienced bereavement. In early 2018 Erica Brown was approached by members of the Education Enhancement Society Committee. During several meetings they discussed the possibility that the event should… Read moreSchool of Education Adverse Life Experience Conference October 2018

New National Teaching Fellow for 2018

The University of Worcester has a new National Teaching Fellow –  our sincere congratulations go to Dr Richard Woolley who has been awarded this accolade in the 2018 round. Richard is Deputy Head of the School of Education, having worked in HE since 2003, initially in initial teacher education, then at Worcester as Head of Centre for Education Inclusion (2011 – 2017). He believes passionately in the role of education in helping individuals to realise their potential, to access opportunities for learning and to foster a sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Richard has been engaged in addressing issues relating to diversity, inclusion and social justice in education for thirty years, exploring the relationship between values education and contemporary social issues. The focus of Richard’s teaching,… Read moreNew National Teaching Fellow for 2018

Retention and Success initiatives

During the course of last year it was clear that there were a great deal of on-going initiatives aimed at improving student retention and success. We are now seeking examples of any evaluated initiatives which we can gather together and make available to anyone in the University with a responsibility for improving student retention and success Information is provided using the form and a completed example is available of a tried and tested’ module level intervention. You should typically include the following key elements: 1. Level of the intervention (School, Course or Module) 2. Your reasons for taking action 3. A description of what you did 4. The evidence which demonstrates the positive effects on retention and/or success 5. Resources Please send completed submissions to Will… Read moreRetention and Success initiatives

New resources to support student transitions

September marks the start of an exciting and life-changing journey for thousands of young and not-so-young people, as they start university.  Many students, however, struggle with the initial transition from school or college into university, and within the first few weeks question whether higher education is for them. In response to this challenge, Student Minds has collaborated with Canadian organisation TeenMentalHealth.Org (led by internationally-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Stan Kutcher) to ensure that this period of transition is met with information, support and guidance through the development of two new online resources for UK students. These resources support many of the priorities set out in Universities UK’s Step Change framework, aimed at supporting HEIs to take a whole organisation approach to the mental health of their students,… Read moreNew resources to support student transitions

Library teaching menu and self-audit tool for course teams

Library Services have developed a new tool-kit to support students in the development of study, research and information skills. The tool-kit consists of: – an audit tool for course teams to agree expectations about the skills students should have or develop at each level of a course and to identify how these are articulated to students – a menu of what teaching and support the Academic Liaison Librarians can provide, working in partnership with Departments/course teams. Colleagues are encouraged to get in touch with their Academic Liaison Librarian to discuss embedding skills into the curriculum to support student success.

New resources for supporting staff and students with assessment and feedback

From the Assessment Task and Finish Group, two new guides for staff and students have been produced: Making feedback on assignments effective; a style guide for tutors Providing feedback on assignments is one of the most time-consuming things tutors do. Extensive research shows that it can also be one of the most influential things tutors do to improve student learning. However, this relies on the students engaging with the feedback. It is known that successful engagement leads to better attainment for students and more positive student survey results. This document aims to provide guidance so that time spent marking has an impact. Assessment Guidance for Students This guide provides short explanations for various commonly used terms (e.g. formative and summative assessment) in order to help… Read moreNew resources for supporting staff and students with assessment and feedback

How can students develop their entrepreneurial ideas and projects?

Did you know that students from any course across the University can get involved with Worcester Enterprise events and activities to develop their business start-up ideas, and enterprise skills?  Many of these opportunities are free.  A brief summary of opportunities for students is below and you can read more on each section: Incubate and grow your business idea whilst at university Do YOU have a business idea, live in Worcestershire and not already registered the idea with HMRC? Become involved in our #Worcesterpreneur events “Got a great business idea?” – our annual competition Business ideas clinics Join the Worcester Media lab To find out more about Worcester Media Lab, visit: To keep up to date on our activities and programmes, visit: