This project focuses on the student voice – how higher education institutions value and represent the student voice and commit to using it to drive positive change.
The review of the National Student Survey (NSS), was prompted in part by criticism around the administrative burden that student surveys allegedly create, and there has been wider debate about how student satisfaction links to quality; however, we believe that student feedback is a powerful tool for change, and we want to provide a platform for our members to share new and innovative practice which represents the student voice in a way which drives forward the discussion on quality,
Surveys, measurement tools, qualitative research and other techniques have a key role to play in capturing the student voice but they only form part of the picture. Through a series of case studies, a research report and a live event, the theme will examine the importance of representing student views both overall and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
An Advance HE member benefit
The project is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions.
By the end of the month those participating will have had the opportunity to:
- showcase, and learn from, best practice in representing the student voice and using it to drive positive change
- discuss sector-wide policy initiatives for capturing student views
- contribute their own view as to the importance of the student voice in the wider quality debate
- understand the very latest student perspectives on their experience
- gain access to new research recommendations on how intersectional equalities are being effectively addressed.
Vlog - introduction to the theme
In his vlog, Advance HE's Head of Business Intelligence and Surveys introduces this month's theme and discusses the aims and outputs of the month.
Webinar - The future of the student voice in the post-NSS world? Policy, principles, practice.
On Wednesday 30 June we hosted an interactive webinar bringing together practitioners, students and sector commentators to discuss the immediate future of the student voice in light of the high profile review of the National Student Survey (NSS).
What can EDI work in UK higher education learn from Black Lives Matter?”
We published a research report that focused on a sample of actions undertaken by UK higher education institutions in response to the Black Lives Matter protests that occurred in the UK and around world from May 2020. Rather than evaluate what institutions did (or did not do) in light of criticisms aired by students and staff, the report offers an accessible introduction to how EDI practitioners might ‘build on’ issues brought to the fore by Black Lives Matter to advance structural change within their institution.
Case study series
Our series of four case studies will showcase a range of approaches and best practice across different institutions and the impact they have had at all levels.
A design thinking project for minority ethnic students at Swansea University
Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS) works with staff and students across Swansea University to enhance academic and pastoral support with a focus on students from underrepresented groups
Student Voice and Partnership: An institutional approach at the University of Reading
Part of our Connect Member Benefit series focusing on the future of the student voice, this case study outlines the benefits and impact of two institution-wide initiatives introduced in the wake of a global pandemic to embed student voice and partnerships at the University of Reading.
Collaboration and co-production during Covid-19: a reflection on the mutual benefits of partnership working with the Student Voice at the University of Salford
This case study details the development of the working relationship between the University of Salford Students’ Union and University of Salford for the betterment of the student experience and the removal of barriers to learning.
A Unique Student Advisor Service
This case study details the Student Advisor Service launched by Falmouth University designed to find students at risk of withdrawal, hear their specific situations, and give tailored advice from their database of abundant support and resources available to students.
Related programmes and events
Below you will find information on Advance HE programmes and events which relate to the member benefits listed above.
The student surveys from Advance HE (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, Postgraduate Research Experience Survey and the UK Engagement Survey) have engaged with over 170,000 students over the last two years.
Advance HE's statistical reports provide equality data on staff and students within UK higher education, and students in Scottish colleges.
Adding Value through Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education
The collaborative project provides an opportunity to identify how enterprise and entrepreneurship can add value to both students and other stakeholders.
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