Student Opinion

The systematic gathering of student opinion is an essential component of our quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms at Newcastle University.

We gather student opinion at every stage, from module and stage evaluations to surveys focussing on the whole degree.

This approach is informed by the Policy on Surveying and Responding to Student Opinion.

LTDS coordinates the University's involvement in most internal and national student opinion surveys. We assist in the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative data and report to Programme Areas, Schools, ULTSEC, Senate, and Executive Board. We also help close the student feedback loop by identifying actions taken in response to student feedback through the You Said We Did website.

Module Evaluations

Every UG and PGT module should an end of module evaluation every time it is delivered. Some modules also may run a mid-semester module evaluation. Module evaluations are run through EvaSys. For more information on these internal student surveys see the pages on module and stage evaluation.

Stage Evaluations

All UG stages (other than the intercalating and final stages of UG programmes) will be evaluated every year starting in academic year 2016/2017. For more information on these internal student surveys see the pages on module and stage evaluation.

National Student Survey (NSS)

The NSS, run by Ipsos MORI, gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses. It includes all full-time and part-time UK, EU, and international undergraduate (UG) students in their final year of study. The NSS excludes incoming and exchange students.

In Academic Year 2016/2017, the NSS fieldwork will run from 06 February to 30 April. NSS results are available on the Planning Office website.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The PTES explores postgraduate taught student experiences in learning and teaching, skills development, organisation, resources, and engagement on their course. It includes all full-time and part-time UK, EU, and international postgraduate taught (PGT) students studying a programme of at least 60 credits and should include study abroad and exchange students.

This year the PTES fieldwork will run from 17 April until 16 June 2017; PTES results are available on the Planning Office website.

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The PRES gathers information about the experience of research students, focusing on students’ experiences of supervision, resources, research community, progress and assessment, and skills and professional development. It includes all full-time and part-time UK, EU, and international postgraduate research (PGR) students.

The PRES runs every odd ending year. This year the PRES fieldwork will run from 20 March until 18 May 2017; PRES results are available on the Planning Office website.

International Student Barometer (ISB)

The ISB tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions, and intentions of our international students from application to graduation. It includes all full-time and part-time EU and international UG, PGT, and PGR students at Newcastle main campus and NUL students. This population should include study abroad and exchange students.

The ISB normally runs in late October through late November; ISB results are available on the Planning Office website.

Response Rates

A student intern employed by LTDS produced a useful analysis of influences on and opportunities to boost response rates that was considered by Student Experience Sub-Committee in May 2016.

For more information see the full report or this summary of key findings.

Closing the Loop

Schools must provide all students with consolidated feedback on key actions taken in response to student feedback at the start of each semester.

For guidance on what should be included and how the feedback should be provided, see this document.

For further information on any of the student surveys at Newcastle, please contact newcastlestudentsurveys@newcastle.ac.uk.