Student engagement: shape your University
Find out how to give feedback and become involved in making changes to the student experience. The University values student input and wants to hear from you.
How we support student engagement
The University of Bath encourages students to be active partners in their education. A highly engaged student community helps to inform University strategy and enable us to continually improve and develop our learning and teaching. Your feedback and opinions help us to monitor and enhance curricula, teaching, assessment, student services and campus facilities.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved, give feedback and make real changes to the student experience at Bath.
Ideas To Action
The SU Bath wants to know what you think. If you have an idea to improve the operations of the Union, University or local community, it is simple to put your idea forward and see the Union work for the change that you want to see.
Become a Change Champion
The Change Champion scheme gives students the opportunity to run a self-contained project to directly impact change at the University.
Your project could be anything from running a student conference, organising a skills or employability event, to community outreach and environmentally focused initiatives. The time spent on change champion projects can be put towards the Bath Award. It is also an opportunity to develop professional skills such as leadership, project management and research skills.
Change Champions are supported by the Student Engagement team in the Centre for Learning & Teaching and The SU Bath. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Become an Academic Rep
The SU Bath organises elections at the start of each academic year for students to nominate and vote for their Academic Rep. Reps ensure that student concerns, views and opinions are heard and acted upon by the University and The SU Bath.
Academic Reps are supported by The SU Bath. Email email@example.com for further information.
Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs)
SSLCs are the main official channel for communication between staff and students. Meetings are an opportunity for students to raise concerns, views and opinions about learning and teaching. SSLC meetings also enable students and staff to discuss changes and improvements to your degree programme and department.
- SSLCs are attended by student Academic Reps and members of staff.
- All departments have at least one SSLC to represent the interests of taught students.
- Each Faculty and the School of Management have a separate SSLC for research students.
- SSLCs may be chaired by a member of staff or an Academic Rep. This varies from department to department.
Contact the Student Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information about SSLCs.
To find out how the University and The SU Bath support SSLCs, see Code of Practice QA48.
The University asks all students to complete unit evaluations about their course towards the end of each semester. This is an opportunity for you to provide anonymous feedback about the curriculum, teaching and assessment for each of your units.
Annual student surveys (NSS, UKES, PTES and PRES)
Student surveys for the 2017/18 academic year will be open for 12 weeks from Monday 5 February until Monday 30 April 2018. Visit go.bath.ac.uk/shapethefuture to access the relevant survey for your level and year of study.
Each year the University asks all students to provide feedback about the student experience. Surveys are organised during the second semester. Students are asked to complete the relevant survey for their level and year of study:
- UKES (UK Engagement Survey) for undergraduate students (all years except final year)
- NSS (National Student Survey) for final year undergraduate students
- PTES (Postgraduate Experience Survey) for taught postgraduate students
- PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) for doctoral students
This is your opportunity to provide feedback about what you like and what you think we could improve. Your feedback helps us to continually develop and enhance our learning and teaching, our student services, and our campus facilities. All survey responses remain strictly confidential.
These surveys also provide valuable data that help the University to monitor student satisfaction, assist with quality assurance and provide information to prospective applicants.
Contacts for further information
If you have any comments or queries about student engagement at the University of Bath, please contact your Academic Rep on your SSLC, your Director of Studies, The SU Bath, or the Student Engagement team in the Centre for Learning & Teaching.