As part of our commitment to actively engaging with students and listening to feedback, there are a variety of feedback mechanisms available for you to use to communicate your opinions to us. Below you can read about these ways to give feedback, and will find links to upcoming events and key dates.
- ASK Forums
Throughout the year there will be several opportunities to come face to face with your University Principal, George Boyne, and ask him any questions you might have. In the past, questions have ranged from details about the University’s various campuses abroad and future strategic plans, to matters close to the heart of many students’ such as the University’s approach to sustainability and processes that impact students every day.
There are no ASK Forums currently scheduled.
We will notify you of upcoming ASK Sessions via email in our bi-monthly student e-newsletter, as well as on our social accounts. This page will also be updated when there is a forum coming up, so be sure to check back regularly!
Below you can find links to previous Q&A summaries, as well as any upcoming ASK forums.
- Focus Groups
Attending a focus group is a great way to provide your views and help to influence the development of services at the University of Aberdeen.
Focus Group - What Does the Future Hold?
We want to know what the future of this university looks like to you! During each of our two-hour 'What does the future hold?' focus groups, you'll have the chance to have your say about what should change in the future and what issues should be central to the 2040 University strategy. As well as that, all participants will be given a £5 lunch voucher and refreshments throughout the session. Please complete this short form to register to attend one of the below sessions.
- Friday 9th August, 12 noon - 2pm
- Wednesday 11th September, 12 noon - 2pm
- Friday 13th September, 12 noon - 2pm
All focus groups will take place in Meeting Room 101, on the first floor of the Students' Union Building
Surveys are an important way for you to let us know about your University experience. We aim to keep the number of institutional surveys that you receive to a minimum.
The Aberdeen Student Experience Survey provides you with an opportunity to tell us what you think and help us to identify our priorities for the year ahead. All students are invited to take part in the survey (and have the chance to win some great prizes) in October each year.
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.
- Academic Representative
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.
For more information contact or speak to your Course Coordinator
- Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)
This committee, attended by Class reps, School representatives and Heads of School, is a platform for discussing student feedback.
- Course Feedback Form
Towards the end of a course, your course co-ordinator should provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback on a course, using a Course Feedback Form. Course Feedback Forms 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 Course Feedback Form requires completion. Course Feedback Forms 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. Course Feedback Form returns are anonymous.
Once completed, Course Feedback Forms are considered by the relevant course co-ordinator and Head of School. Ultimately, the University will consider the points raised in all Course Feedback Forms 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.