Students Staff

24 February 2020

We hear you!

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Meet the student voice ambassador team – they’re supporting this year’s NSS, UKES and PTES student survey campaigns.

Emily Osborne, Robert Hay and Ryan Grosu are student voice ambassadors and part of the Student Experience Team led by Hannah Gott within the Academic Section. Emily has recently graduated in MA Curatorial Studies, Ryan was awarded his MSC Criminology with Social Legal Research and Robert received his BA in History and Film Studies with a Year Abroad.

Student Voice Ambassador Team

As such, they’re very well-placed to gather feedback from current Essex students on all aspects of the Essex experience, both academic and non-academic. Their primary responsibilities include promotion and administration of the National Student Survey (NSS), UK Engagement Survey (UKES) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) – all three of which the University is running until mid-April, reaching undergraduate students in their first, second and third years, as well as Masters students.

Their role also includes supporting our departments, schools and centres with their own campaign activities. This could be popping into lectures to talk about the surveys, decorating common room spaces, and holding pizza parties with some departments – as part of the effort to encourage as many students as possible to fill in their surveys and be heard.

Emily said: “Feedback provided by students is strictly anonymous. It’s really beneficial in helping the University and the Students’ Union find out more about what aspects of university life need to be developed or improved, based on the way current students see things – because you are the expert of your own experience! So, if something is going brilliantly or not so well, we want to hear what you’ve got to say about it.”

The team is also committed to sharing best practice across the University, such as adapting ideas about incentives that might work in one department and fit well in another.

The student voice ambassador roles are taken up by new graduates each year and offer some great experience and skills development to the graduates that are appointed. Emily added: “In terms of the job role, after graduating with BA and MA degrees at Essex, the experience that we are getting from this employment is a real benefit and looks excellent on our CVs! We are learning so many work-based processes and getting great employability skills – we definitely recommend applying for this role next year, so keep your eyes peeled over the summer vacation for the job ads with Essex Interns.”

This year the University is donating £1 for every survey completed. Emily said: “The numbers really add up – last year we managed to donate over £3000 – but that’s only possible if as many students as possible complete their survey.”

Can we beat last year’s total? If there’s a survey for you to complete, you’ll be sent an email, so just click the link and take a few minutes to have your say.

Find out more about the NSS, UKES and PTES surveys, and if you’d like to have a chat with the student voice ambassadors, pop in to room 5A.116 on Colchester Campus, or send them an email to

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11 October 2013

East 15 achieves top scores in National Student Survey

Filed under: Loughton, News — Tags: , , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 9.01 am
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New Loughton students at their Welcome Talk 2013

East 15 Acting School has received a huge endorsement from its own students to place it as the highest ranked drama school in the UK in a National Survey.
The National Student Survey (NSS) asks more than 300,00 students for their opinion on the quality of their courses.

While the average score across all participating institutions in the UK was 85% for Overall Satisfaction, East 15 Acting School attained an astounding 98%.  Sub-sets of the survey including; Course Teaching, Academic Support and Personal Development also all recorded an unprecedented 98% score for the school.

Director of East 15, Professor Leon Rubin said; “This success it testament to the incredibly hard work of a very dedicated academic and administrative team who always place student attainment and well-being at the core of what they do. It is also due, in no small way, to the exceptional support of the University of Essex. Running a school based on Conservatoire training and equipping graduates with a tool box of skills to help them succeed in the world of performing arts may not always be something that a leading academic institution such as University of Essex might fully understand; yet they have trusted us to achieve our objectives and championed our work tirelessly. I know they will be as proud for the department as I am.”

East 15 Acting School was founded just over 50 years ago, growing from the work of Joan Littlewood’s famed Theatre Workshop. In 2000, the school merged with the University of Essex and, since 2007, has been under the directorship of Leon Rubin. Under his management, some £13 million has been spent on new buildings and facilities for East 15 in Loughton and in Southend-On-Sea where the school created the state-of-the-art Clifftown Theatre and Studios.
The international East 15 community now includes some 650 students from over 40 countries and an equally diverse staff.

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