Academic & Student Affairs

Feedback from students

Students provide feedback on their experiences of assessment and feedback through end of module evaluations, the first and Second Year Surveys and National Student Survey.  These provide useful information about modules and programmes and inform revisions for the following year.  It is also useful to get feedback from students within the course of a module.  This could be throuugh minute papers, a mid-semester review or aslking students to say what they would like you to conntinue to do, what they would lile you to stop doing and what they would like you to start doing. 

National Student Survey
Second Year Experience Survey
First Year Experience Survey

National Student Survey
The National Student Survey has been carried out each year since 2005 and contains four questions on the student’s experience of assessment and feedback.  Queen’s, along with the rest of the Higher Education sector, receives the lowest scores for this part of the survey (Table 1).  Summary figures are available for the subject areas.
Table 1

Question  20052006  2007 20082009 2010
The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance 

 3.6

3.5  3.5 3.6  3.5 3.6
Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair   3.8 3.8  3.7 3.8 3.7 3.8
Feedback on my work has  been prompt   3.3 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.2 3.4
I have received detailed comments on my work   3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.2
Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand   3.3 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.3
Overall   3.4  3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.5

In the 2010 survey the University included two further optional questions:

Question  2010
 The assessment methods used in my course require an in-depth understanding of the course content

 4.2

Feedback on my work has helped me do better in other assignments  3.4

Second Year Experience Survey

Whilst the Second year Experience survey was introduced in 2008, the resonses were collated at School level.  In 2010 the questionnaire was amended to include the NSS questions on assessment and feedback, plus the two ooptional questions and the results published at subject level.   The results for the University are seen in Table 2.  Summary figures are available for the subject areas.
Table 2
Question2010
The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance 3.4
Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair 3.7
Feedback on my work has  been prompt 3.4
I have received detailed comments on my work 3.0
Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand 3.1
The assessment methods used in my course require an in-depth understanding of the course content 4.3
Feedback on my work has helped me do better in other assignments 3.2
Overall 3.4

First Year Experience Survey

First Year Experience Whilst the First Year Experience survey was introduced in 2008, the resonses were collated at School level.  In 2010 the questionnaire was amended to include the NSS questions on assessment and feedback, plus the two ooptional questions and the results published at subject level.   The results for the University are seen in Table 3.  Summary figures are available for the subject areas.
Table 3

Question2010
The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance 3.6
Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair 4.0
Feedback on my work has  been prompt 3.8
I have received detailed comments on my work 3.2
Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand 3.3
The assessment methods used in my course require an in-depth understanding of the course content 4.2
Feedback on my work has helped me do better in other assignments 3.4
Overall 3.6