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Student Views

Student experience surveys and module evaluation

Which surveys you'll be asked to complete and why they matter

Your feedback on your experience is essential for our evaluation of learning, teaching and assessment at York St John. We ask you to provide specific feedback on your experience at programme and module level so that we can so that we can work in partnership with students to improve course delivery and wider experience.

Mid-module evaluation 

Mid-module evaluations focus on the current strengths of a module, and aspects of a module liable to immediate change and improvement. 

They are conducted at or around week 6, or half-way through taught provision, decisions about the nature and format of mid-module evaluation are made at School level. 

YSJ Experience Survey (YES)

Our YSJ Experience Survey is for undergraduates, degree apprentices and students on professional placements. It focuses on ways in which we can continuously improve your engagement, learning experiences, and success. The survey results form part of our institutional approach to working with you as partners in the assurance and enhancement of your educational experience.    

The YSJ Experience Survey is an anonymous questionnaire to provide specific feedback on your experience of the academic year. It is available to students between week 7 and week 13 of semester two.  

Complete the YSJ Experience Survey here

For queries about the YSJ Experience Survey please contact surveys@yorksj.ac.uk  

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 

The PTES is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.  

The PRES is a national survey of postgraduate research students which invites you to comment on your programme and experience.  

Both surveys are run by AdvanceHE, a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society. 

The National Student Survey (NSS)

The NSS is the largest UK wide annual survey aimed at final year undergraduates in the UK. The survey provides you with an opportunity to give your honest opinions on what you liked about your course at York St John University as well as things that you feel could have been improved.

The survey is administered by Ipsos MORI, an independent market research agency on behalf of the UK Higher Education funding and regulatory bodies, so your responses remain anonymous from York St John University at all times.

The survey runs from 6 January to 30 April every year. Find more information on our National Student Survey page.

Unconscious bias

As with all surveys, we recognise that your evaluation of teaching may be influenced by unconscious and unintentional characteristics of staff, such as accent, age, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, and sexuality. For example, research shows that women and Black, Asian and ethnic minortiy staff are often rated lower in teaching evaluations than men and white staff, even when there are no actual differences in the teaching or in what students have learned.

We ask you to keep this in mind as you fill out surveys and make an effort to resist stereotypes about lecturers. We suggest you focus on opinions of the course (how well you understood the material, the content of the module, how well you think it was taught) rather than unrelated matters (the lecturer's characteristics).

How do we use student feedback? 

This feedback provides an essential basis for our work with student representatives to improve your experience. It also provides an evidence-base for School Academic Leadership Teams to reflect on the design and delivery of modules and gauge the success of programmes in meeting their aims and objectives.  Feedback and actions will feed into the Subject Annual Monitoring Report process. 

Data protection 

Please read the survey privacy notice below to see how we collect, use, store and share your data. 

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