Dr Sam Grogan introduces top tips for January
Jan 13, 2017
Following on from his first video message before the festive break, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience Dr Sam Grogan reflects on last year and introduces some top tips from programme leaders who received high scoring NSS scores last year.
Before the festive break 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. Leaders of programmes with exemplary scores in NSS 2016 were invited to celebrate their accomplishments. Every School was represented at the event, demonstrating that excellent student experience is occurring in many areas of the University.
Present on the day 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 focusing on communication. It's only a small team who work on the programme and we’re very student-focused. We have an open door policy and try to satisfy all student needs,” she said.
Also present was programme leader for Politics and Contemporary 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. This makes students feel like they're part of something bigger than the academic side of things.” said Brian. "History and politics suit a student-centred active learning approach in the classroom, where you can bring in source and primary materials for students to investigate and analyse. This generates discussion and debate and allows them to take ownership of their work as they're actually coming up with ideas themselves. These are skills they'll take with them for the rest of their lives."
Lawrence Murphy, Programme leader for Media Technology at our MediaCityUK campus said: "I think if your third year feel in touch with everything and know what they need to do, you don't need to dumb it down for them. You can give them complex things to do as it's the third year of a degree. If they relax into a studying pattern you see the results in not only their attitude but their actual work. If they feel confident they can relax and really enjoy their final year."
Keep an eye out for Sam's third and final video message in this series at the end of the month.