School of Engineering

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We’re always looking for ways to improve the student experience in the School of Engineering.

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We listen to and act on your suggestions about how we can improve the student experience in the School of Engineering.

Your comments and suggestions come from many sources. We ensure that our students have a voice. From Stage Evaluations and Module Feedback to External Surveys, you have many opportunities to contribute to improving your experience here. Students have representatives in many committees. As a student rep, you will attend Student-Staff Committees. You may also attend the Board of Studies and represent your School at the Faculty Education Committee.

Here are some of the changes that we have made in response to your feedback.

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Chemical Engineering

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Only 49% of BEng Students in the 2019 NSS agreed with the statement “Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course”.

We did

We arranged town hall meetings at all stages of the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering course. These provided a forum for students to engage with staff about the course and how things are going.


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There is inconsistency in marking when many staff members mark the same piece of work.

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We held a 'marking calibration exercise’. We started by focusing on M1 and M2 reports. This has shown that for 80% of the time, staff are within ±5 marks of the mean mark. We’ll carry out this process again in Semester 2, where we will be looking at the Year 4 research project.


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On the 2018 NSS survey, only 46% of students agreed that “good advice was available to me when I needed to make study choices”.

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A new timetabled session, What’s Next? Choices beyond Stage 3, runs in Semester 2. Alongside this, we’ve made improvements to the tutorial system. We have introduced group tutorials where these types of discussion can take place.


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Civil Engineering

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Bunching of coursework deadlines are problematic.

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We have distributed deadlines where possible. We have liaised with the student voice committee to close the feedback loop and encourage any concerns to be raised early.


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Screens and facilities in lecture theatres are old, out of date and difficult to read from.

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We have replaced projectors in all lecture rooms in the Cassie Building. We have refurbished room CA2.32.


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We would like information about careers and how we can integrate into the engineering community.

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We invited the Careers Service to give a talk during one of the Stage Tutor sessions. This included information about applying for summer placements, CV and cover letter writing. We also invited one of the Managing Directors at Siemens to give a talk about their career and offer advice for young engineers.


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The exams process is complex with lots of rules.

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We have included a session on exams as part of the Stage Tutor sessions. We explain what to do before, during and after exams. This will reduce student anxiety in the exam period.


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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Communication of information needs to be improved.

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We now ensure that stage tutors deliver information at the start of lectures.


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We have too many deadlines.

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We have now reduced the amount of assessment in all stages.


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We feel isolated during industrial placements.

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An academic now visits every student on placement.


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Geospatial Engineering

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Research seminars should be part of the timetables.

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These are now shown in your academic timetables.


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CEG2705 Survey Mathematics does not have Recap recordings as the lecturer uses the whiteboard.

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We enabled for you the CEG2705 Recap recording from the previous academic year.


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We would like more practicals and coursework in Stage 1 to better prepare for Stage 2.

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We enhanced the CEG1701 Mapping Fieldcourse submission to include a literature review and will introduce an additional CAD practical in Stage 1.


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Some software such as Spyder is only available in ISAAC Cluster.

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It is now available in the Philip Robinson Library, NUSU, and Majorie Robinson Library.


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Lectures on Wednesday 12:00-13:00 can make it difficult to participate in sporting events.

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When possible we moved the time of the lecture to 11:00-12:00.


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Marine Technology

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Stage 2 students asked for more information about the different streams.

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We have introduced a Stage Tutor session on the streams.


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Stage 2 students asked for information about Stage 3 projects.

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We introduced project modules in a Stage Tutor session in Semester 2.


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Marine engineers asked for better balance between semesters in Stage 3.

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We have moved MAR3038 Dynamic Modelling and Simulation to Semester 1. This gives the same module balance as the other streams.


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Mechanical Engineering

You said

There is a big gap between lectures.

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We worked with timetabling to reshuffle Thursday’s Stage 2 timetable. We have now removed the 9am lecture, avoiding a 3 hour gap until the next lecture at 13:00.


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We need more access to specialised software.

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We deployed LabVIEW 18 and Arduino to the 24 hour cluster in the Student Union and the Stephenson Tree cluster, as well as RAS (LabVIEW only).


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Make the assessment between modules more comparable.

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We have updated the assessment content for MEC3022 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and drastically simplified MEC3019 Structural Optimisation and Crashworthiness assessment, now consisting of one exam and one piece of coursework.


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