Student Voice

It is important to us that our students’ experiences with us are supportive and enriching. Here are some of the strategies which we have developed within the Department, based on what our students have fed-back to us (select image to view in full size):

Department of Psychology student voice notice

The reason we have made these changes is because we have listened to what our students tell us. We have a number of mechanisms which  help this process:

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Student Rep System

One of our core systems is through our Student Rep system, which is governed by the Student Union (SU) at Edge Hill University. Every year, our students elect a number of their peers to be representatives for their cohort. The role of the Student Rep is an important one which consists;

  • Gathering feedback from all students in their cohort build up information about what is working and what may need adapting
  • Discussing this feedback with tutors to explore and resolve these issues further
  • Representing their cohort in Programme Board meetings
  • Ensuring all discussions and action points from tutor meetings and boards are fed back to their cohort in a timely way
  • Engaging in Student Rep training, provided by the SU

Evaluation Activities and Reports

In addition to the Student Rep system, and more informal tutor discussions, we also use student feedback garnered through our module evaluation process, as a way of understanding our students’ learning experiences. This allows us to know whether any changes are needed on any specific modules. From 2019, this has been operationalised through our Student Pulse Survey scheme, in which all undergraduate students are invited to give feedback on modules and their course more generally, which we respond to regularly within the Department. This is important as it also helps to build a picture for preparing us for nationally-derived exercises such as the National Student Survey (NSS), which evaluate student experiences across UK universities. The feedback we get from evaluation exercises such as these are also useful for us in knowing overall how well we are doing in supporting our students and providing enriching learning experiences.

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