At the University of Aberdeen we care about what you think and encourage you to provide us feedback. We want to know your thoughts on your experiences at the University including teaching, assessment and the facilities. Once we have collected feedback we use it to try to improve your experience of university life.
Here are some of the keys ways the University collects your feedback:
- Student Course Evaluation Forms
Towards the end of a course, your course co-ordinator should provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback on a course, using a ‘Student Course Evaluation Form (SCEF)’. SCEFs are available online and are created by the administration team with responsibility for the course you are taking.
You will be notified by email or by your course co-ordinator when a SCEF requires completion. SCEFs ask you to provide some feedback on aspects of the course as well as information on what you liked about it and what you felt could be improved upon. SCEF returns are anonymous.
Once completed, SCEFs are considered by the relevant course co-ordinator and Head of School. Ultimately, the University will consider the points raised in all SCEFs to ensure teaching is of a high quality.
The University greatly values your comments and they do help when we are working on ways to improve what we are able to offer.
- Focus Groups
Share your views on University services and help us shape your student experience in our one hour focus group sessions.
- Academic Representatives
Academic Representatives (Academic Reps) provide an important link between students, the University and AUSA.
They are responsible for listening & talking to the students in their class, representing their opinions and views to the University staff and passing information back to their colleagues and AUSA.
Academic Reps provide invaluable feedback on the learning and teaching experiences of students to individual discipline areas and Schools, and so influence students’ experiences at the University. But this can only happen with the support of committed students who put themselves forward as Academic Reps and because UoA academic staff across the institution are willing to listen to and take on student suggestions.
Interested? AUSA is responsible for the training, further events for and the support of Academic Reps.
To find out more you can:
- Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)
This committee, attended by Class reps, School representatives and Heads of School, is a platform for discussing student feedback.
- University Excellence in Teaching Awards
Nominations for our Teaching Awards 2016-17 are now closed
Eight academics at the University of Aberdeen have been recognised in the Excellence in Teaching Awards 2017.
The winners of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are:
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Undergraduate – Dr Stuart Durkin, Social Science
Postgraduate – Mrs Aloyise Mulligan, Education
College of Physical Sciences
Undergraduate – Dr David Muirhead, Geosciences
Postgraduate – Dr Amin Sharifi, Engineering
College of Life Sciences and Medicine
Undergraduate – Dr Lynden Miles, Psychology
Postgraduate – Dr Alex Douglas, Biological Sciences
Undergraduate – Dr Laura McCann
Postgraduate – Mr Russell Williams
The awards, which take place every year, give students the opportunity to nominate the academic who they feel has enhanced their experience the most. This year saw more nominations than ever before, with one undergraduate and one postgraduate award given to staff in the Business School; College of Arts and Social Sciences; College of Life Sciences and Medicine and the College of Physical Sciences.
Talking about the awards, Peter McGeorge, Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning said: “These awards demonstrate the dedication and the exceptional quality of our staff and their teaching. We asked students to nominate the academic who had had the most positive impact on their student experience or who had challenged them to achieve their best and I was delighted with the high number of nominations we received this year.
“This recognition is hugely important, and not just to thank our academic colleagues for their incredibly hard work, but also in finding out what students’ value the most during their studies. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote in these awards.”
The main aim of these awards is to recognise, encourage and reward individuals who have undertaken the development of the highest quality teaching, leading to particularly effective learning for their students. The award covers any sort of course teaching from conventional lectures to special seminars and field courses and includes courses in both half sessions.
In addition to these internal methods for collecting feedback, if you are in your final year of study, we actively encourage you to complete the National Student Survey (NSS), which runs from the end of January to the end of April each year.