Students Staff

22 February 2019

Meet the Student Engagement team

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 11:34 am

This week we say hello to the Student Engagement Team, who are running the NSS and UKES student survey campaigns.

Who’s in your team?

We’re Emma Reeve, Dominyka Bodrije and Paulina Lewandowska, a team of three student voice project workers, led by Hannah Gott, the student engagement manager. As the Student Engagement Team, we form part of Student Life within Academic Section, and our office is 4.403 on Square 2 at the Colchester Campus.

When and why was the team set up?

We were recruited in December 2018 to work as part of the Student Engagement Team, and our priority is working with all academic departments to plan and co-ordinate two major student surveys during the spring term, the National Student Survey (NSS) and UK Engagement Survey (UKES).

Why is your work important?

Both surveys are very important in terms of hearing the views of undergraduate students, because feedback helps both the University and the Students’ Union develop and improve every aspect of the student experience. We also provide support and guidance to academic departments on survey activities, and we act as a link between the University and market research companies.

What’s your biggest challenge in 2019?

Our main challenge is in getting across to students just how important it is they complete their NSS or UKES surveys, and of course encouraging as many students as possible to take part. To do that, we’re keen to work with academic departments and Professional Services colleagues to ensure every student has the opportunity to share their views about university life. We’re also working closely with the Students’ Union’s Promise 1 team, who work closely with departments and are co-ordinating the student rep scheme.

What will be the result for students?

Feedback is really important, because it provides the information and the impetus to enact change, so that across the University there are continual improvements to learning, teaching, and other aspects of the student experience.

What do you most like about working at the University?

We all love working in a multi-cultural environment – one where you meet and work with people from around the world.

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