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Programme leaders come together to celebrate NSS 2016 success stories

Dec 21, 2016

Prof Richard Stephenson addresses the room
Prof Richard Stephenson addresses the room

Last week, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard Stephenson and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience Dr Sam Grogan hosted a special celebratory National Student Survey (NSS) event in Atmosphere, the University of Salford Students' Union kitchen and bar. Leaders of programmes with exemplary scores in NSS 2016 were invited to celebrate their accomplishments over festive food and drinks. 

Prof Richard Stephenson thanked those present for being champions of best practice and reflected that the results highlighted how students are always at the heart of what we do as a university.

Every School was represented at the event, demonstrating that excellent student experience is occurring in many areas of the university. 

The room resonated with anecdotes of each programme's achievements and the shared sentiment that a lot of hard work had come to fruition in the results being celebrated.

Among those in attendance was programme leader for Contemporary Military & International History, Dr Brian Hall: “This year we’ve really tried to create a sense of community between our students and staff. We find this helps to ensure there’s more to the delivery of our course than just formal teaching. We’ve organised film clubs, field trips and even Christmas parties, giving staff an opportunity to engage with students and each other,” said Brian.

Also present was programme leader for Exercise, Physical Activity & Health, Dr Anna Robins: “We have an overall satisfaction level of 96 and I believe we’ve achieved this high score through really focussing on communication. It's only a small team who work on the programme and we’re very student-focussed. We have an open door policy and try to satisfy all student needs,” she said. “We also have close links with industry, meaning we can give students great real-life work experience opportunities. Not only do students come out of Salford with a degree, they also leave us with relevant experience.”

Thanks to all those who came along to celebrate our NSS success stories at the the event last week.

Please keep an eye out in January for a short video from Dr Sam Grogan which will feature some top tips from these exemplary programme leaders.