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Effective Zoning of Teaching Analysis

What is an Effective Zoning of Teaching Analysis?

An Effective Zoning of Teaching Analysis considers the distribution of teaching across the campus for the 2011-12 Academic Timetable in both central and School managed accommodation, and determines how appropriate the allocations were in terms of zoning and travel times, two factors known to impact on the student experience. This type of analysis is currently undertaken by other Russell Group Universities to measure the quality of their timetables.

Green, Amber and Red Scales

Each School has been contacted and asked to rate buildings on the following scale, based on how appropriate they were perceived to be for their teaching:

  • Green - Rooms located in, or within the immediate vicinity of, the School’s main buildings or deemed as essential to the School’s teaching (e.g. for specific furniture, room size or AV equipment). These are the buildings that the School would consider to be first choice for their staff or students to teach in.
  • Amber - Buildings known to be preferred by the School, if a room in the Green zone is not available.
  • Red - All other buildings.

A grid showing the ratings for each School can be seen here.

Effective Zoning of Teaching Analysis Results

The results of the analysis showed that in 2011-12, 86.2% of the University's teaching was in Schools' Green zones, 8.2% was in Amber zones and 5.5% was in Red zones.

A table showing the results of the analysis can be seen here. An individual Zoning Map has been distributed to each School for information.

The analysis will be repeated at the end of this year, to Benchmark the 2012-13 Academic Timetable and compare the results.

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