Since it was launched, the National Student Survey (NSS) provides all students with the opportunity to feed back their experiences of the degree they have completed.
Since it was launched, the Business School has consistently had some of the most satisfied students in the country in a number of areas. Students are taught through lectures and student led seminars in the state-of-the-art £8m Business and Law Building which provides excellent teaching and learning facilities.
Staff make good use of audio visual and web based sources to support, enhance, and complement student learning in and outside the classroom. Findings from the NSS are used to strengthen areas where there is room for improvement. Since the last results, the Department has improved in a number of ways some of which are listed below:
In the NSS, 100% of students agreed with the statement that ‘Staff are good at explaining things’ and 96% agreed that ‘staff are enthusiastic about what they teach’ and that ‘the course is intellectually stimulating’. This might be part of the reason that according to KIS data, 100% of last year’s graduates are in employment or further studies.
In terms of responding to issues raised in the NSS, progress has been made in a number of areas:
- We were asked for more contact with their lecturers, so all staff have office hours;
- Students asked for more access to common accountancy programmes such as Sage. Not only did we provide access to Sage across the university computer network, we went further than this and now all students undertake specialist modules to develop their skills in those areas and are able to study for a CIMA accredited certificate alongside their degree;
- Students asked for more access to textbooks, so we increased our spending on physical books and also have increased the availability of electronic books that can be accessed anywhere and at any-time.
In the NSS, 84% of students agreed with the statement that ‘staff are good at explaining things’ and as with our Accountancy programme, KIS data indicates 100% of last year’s graduates are in employment or further studies.
In terms of responding to issues raised in the NSS, progress has been made in the following areas:
- Students asked for access to textbooks in key subjects and all module leaders are now ordering additional copies of key texts;
- Students asked for it to be made easier to make appointments with lecturers, we are currently trialing an online appointment booking system which allows students to book appointments from their mobile phones or any internet connected devices.