NSS 'You Said, We Did'

Following our student feedback responses, three departments in the university compiled a list of ‘You Said, We Did’ rhetoric, outlining some of the positive things that resulted. Don’t forget to go online and complete the NSS survey which is open until April 30 and is accessible through this link.

 

Psychology

You said you were worried about times when you might not be able to attend tutorials via video calls due to internet/technical or remote working related issues.

We introduced online tutorial forums to facilitate discussion and capture your ideas alongside tutorials via video call, with an aim to leave no student behind.

You said you might be working on small screens with limited internet during lockdowns.

We developed a plan for your lectures to be recorded with audio and slides to help you work more effectively with limited technology.

You said you missed in person lessons and many of you found working remotely challenging.

We introduced a blended offer of learning, for times when regulations allowed, in order to provide choice for students to work in person, remotely or combine the two whenever this was possible.

You said that you missed being able to ask questions during your lectures when listening to our recordings.

We organised live drop-in sessions for you to come along and ask these questions.

You said that for some modules you enjoyed portfolio type assessment which you were able to work on throughout the term.

We identified and introduced portfolio assessment where it might best assess your learning outcomes in modules across your programme.

You said you would like an increased focus on careers in Psychology.

We worked with our careers and employability team to develop bespoke psychology careers webpages and organised events inviting Buckingham Psychology alumni to talk to you about their careers.

You said that working from all over the world may impact the times you attend ‘live’ classes.

Our administration team have worked hard, and continue to do so, to consider time zone differences when timetabling during times impacted by Covid-19.

You said that you wanted more autonomy to be able to plan your work and deadlines.

We developed a single deadline for written coursework that aimed to give you independence and also allow space to prepare for exams once coursework was submitted.

 

Computing

You said you were worried about times when you might not be able to attend some lectures and tutorials via Teams due to internet / technical or working from home related issues.

We recorded online lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and made them available via Teams to be accessed 24/7 with an aim to leave no student behind.

You said you wanted more opportunities to apply what you learn in the course.

We provided real-life projects and opportunities to work with industry partners. We are one of five UK universities to take part in the CDK Dealer Tech Competition to which three teams from Buckingham have made submissions.

You said you wanted the course to be more intellectually stimulating.

We hold the weekly online Computing Seminar Series to provide you with opportunities to learn more advance topics in computing and hear from external speakers.

You wanted the criteria for assessment marking made clear in advance.

We provide a detailed breakdown of marks for coursework and exam questions. Module tutors provide further information on requirements for coursework.

You said you want feedback on your coursework on a timely manner.

We introduced feedback for draft reports and incorporated feedback into weekly quizzes.

You wanted good advice to make study choices on your course.

We introduced an induction session for each stage of the course (Prelim, Part 1, Part 2 Stage 1, Part 2 Stage 2).

You wanted library resources to support your learning.

We provided each student with ebooks via Kortext. The library provides a postal service for students who require a hardcopy for a specific book.

You said you did not have a suitable PC/laptop at home for remote working.

We provided you with a PC and access to all relevant software so no student is left behind.

You said you want to feel part of a community of staff and students.

We organise termly Computing Community Meetups to update you on School news, to inform you how we have acted on your feedback, and to hear your suggestions. We consulted you on our plans to expand the school. We consulted you on furniture layouts and hardware specification.

You said that you missed being able to ask questions during your lectures.

We used MS Forms and Mentimeter to make live teaching sessions interactive and provide every student the opportunity to ask these questions.

You said you would like an increased focus on careers in Computing.

We worked with our careers and employability team to hold online careers workshops and organised events inviting Buckingham Computing alumni to talk to you about their careers.

You said you wanted more opportunities for social meetings.

We organised virtual meetups and invited to guests to speak at these events.

 

Law

You said that you missed being able to ask questions during your lectures when listening to our recordings.

We organised live drop-in sessions for you to come along and ask these questions.

You said that for some modules 100% exam was too much.

We identified and introduced new assessments where it might best assess your learning outcomes in modules across your programme.

You said you would like an increased focus on careers in Law

We worked with our careers and employability team to develop bespoke Law careers webpages and organised events inviting Buckingham Law alumni and local businesses to talk to you about their careers.