Receiving Academic Feedback

Feedback exists in any process, activity or information that enhances learning. It provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your marks and understand your strengths as well as identify areas requiring improvement. Feedback can take many forms, and it's important that you are able to recognise and respond to feedback appropriately during your time at university.

The University takes feedback very seriously, and has adopted a number of Principles to ensure that it is delivered consistently to all students. These are outlined below.

The Principles of Feedback

Principle 1: Student engagement with feedback is promoted

Feedback is a 2-way process, an on-going dialogue between you and your teachers. In order for feedback to work for you, you need to engage with your feedback to improve future performance and the department should help you to do this.

Principle 2: Feedback is for learning

Feedback should help you to improve your future performance as well as provide comment on work already done. Feedback should affirm what you already know and offer encouragement. Feedback comes in many forms: written, face-to-face (both individual and collectively), from your peers, electronically via MOLE, in audio files or email. Opportunities for reflection on your feedback should be provided by personal tutors or elsewhere.

Principle 3: Feedback is clearly communicated to students

Your department will provide clear information about the types of feedback you will receive and the dates when it is available for all modules e.g. a schedule of formal feedback. You will also be told about the range of informal feedback that will be provided during the course of your study.

Principle 4: Feedback is timely

You will receive regular feedback throughout your modules, timed to help with your final assessment. Feedback on assessed work will normally be within 3 weeks.

Principle 5: Feedback is consistently delivered

Your feedback will be delivered in an accessible and consistent manner, and will relate to module assessment criteria and learning outcomes. There will be an opportunity to view exam scripts.

Principle 6: Feedback quality is maintained

Your department will ensure that the feedback you receive is of good quality. Your student reps will be involved in the process of maintaining that quality.