Student Evaluation of Modules and Programmes

The purpose of student evaluation

Student evaluation is an essential part of the quality assurance and enhancement of the University’s programmes of study. It gives departments vital feedback on their teaching, including how and where it could be improved.

The process of student evaluation should give students the opportunity to reflect and provide feedback on their educational experience on an anonymous basis, on the understanding that their views are taken seriously and acted upon where appropriate.

Find out more about the University’s policy on student evaluations

Module and Programme Evaluation

We are continuing to make good progress with the implementation of the new system and expect that it will be ready for launch in the summer of 2020, allowing time for departments to become acquainted with it, ready for the first evaluations to be run in Semester 1, 2020/21.

Work has continued to progress on the technical implementation of the system, led by colleagues in IT Services, and we expect the system to be technically ready by early June.

The expert panel, chaired by Professor Andrew Dickerson of the Sheffield Methods Institute, has begun work on defining a single and manageable set of institutional questions, which will be used from 2020/21 onwards. The ability to set some additional questions locally will be retained, and the group is looking into the best processes through which to accommodate this functionality within the system.

Administration of the new system will follow a ‘hub and spoke’ model. Staff in the Academic Programmes Office will act as central administrators of the system, with colleagues in departments operating as expert end users. We would like to gather a list of named individuals who will fulfill this role of faculty/departmental system administrator. We envisage needing at least one contact for this, plus a named backup. We understand that many departments will already have similar roles in place for processing module evaluations, and so APO will work with colleagues to understand how to make these new roles fit into current staffing structures.

Policy statement

It is Senate policy that:

  • All programmes of study should be evaluated by students on an annual basis using questionnaire surveys in either electronic or paper format. The entire programme of study should be systematically evaluated, as well as each contributing level and every component unit. This also includes periods spent on placement / years abroad.
  • Evaluation on an annual basis enables departments to demonstrate that the learning environment provides students with the appropriate opportunities to achieve their learning outcomes, to have an overview of the students’ experience of their provision, to give staff feedback on the taught material they are providing, and to provide further opportunities to share good practice.
  • The form and timing of student evaluation of programmes of study, together with the results from previous years (and any necessary action arising from these), should be discussed at Student-Staff Committee and appropriate departmental meetings at the beginning of each session.
  • Students are made aware of the outcomes of evaluations and are informed of the changes made as a result of the information they have provided.

Student evaluation is an essential part of the quality assurance and enhancement of the University’s programmes of study.

The above policy statement applies to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes of study, full-time and part-time students, those undergoing continuing professional development, dual degree and distance learning students.

For further details about the University's policy on student evaluations of modules and programmes, please see the downloads box on the right hand side of the page.

For information on the student evaluation of research degrees, please consult the Programme and Provision team within Research Services.

Data protection

Student evaluations should always be collected anonymously, and in accordance with the principles outlined in University policies on confidentiality and the use of information and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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