Queen’s undergraduates are asked to participate in three major student experience surveys at key stages in their academic careers:
- the First Year Experience Survey (FYE)
This is an in-house survey of all first year students on programmes worth 120 CATs points or more. It was introduced in 2007 to provide a body of data about student transition to university. Having fulfilled this purpose, the questionnaire was reviewed in 2009 and aligned with the National Student Survey so that the University could build up a more systematic, longitudinal view of the issues of importance to students at different stages in their undergraduate lives. The Survey is conducted online, normally in February and March each year.
- the Second Year Experience Survey (SYE)
This is an in-house survey of all second year students on programmes worth 120 CATs points or more. As with the FYE, the questionnaire was reviewed in 2009 and aligned with the National Student Survey. The Survey is conducted online, normally in February and March each year.
- the National Student Survey (NSS)
The NSS is an annual survey of final year undergraduates and allows them to have their say about their time at university. It was introduced by the funding bodies in 2005, primarily to help prospective students decide on courses and universities. Key results are published on the Unistats website and contribute to a university’s position in league tables. The Survey is conducted by the market research organisation, Ipsos-MORI, normally between early January and late April. The Survey is online in the first instance, with postal and telephone follow-up.
The results of the surveys are sent to Schools and academic-support services and also to senior University committees, normally in late August or September.Deans and Directors of Academic-Support are responsible for ensuring the results are properly considered and acted upon.
If you have any queries about the results or would like help interpreting or using them then please contact Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills, email firstname.lastname@example.org .