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 and the Procedure for Implementing Student Opinion Surveys

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, UEC, 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.

Module Evaluation Questions

Stage Evaluations

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

Stage Evaluation Questions

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.

NSS fieldwork usually runs from early February to the end of 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.

PTES usually runs from mid-April until mid-June. 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.

PRES runs every other year, with fieldwork taking place from mid-March until mid-May. 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 from late October until 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 studentsurveys@newcastle.ac.uk.

Register of Exemptions

Register of exemptions