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HEA Survey Conference

National College for School Leadership, Nottingham
2 June 2009 00:00

The Higher Education Academy is hosting a Survey Conference on 2 June 2009 at the National College for School Leadership, Nottingham.

The aim of the conference is to disseminate sector research on, highlight feedback from and promote evidence-informed practices around the use of national student feedback surveys,
including the:
•   National Student Survey (NSS).
•   NUS Student Experience Survey.
•   International Student Barometer.
•   Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
•   Academy Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

The event programme is designed to develop within delegates a wider awareness and understanding of the opportunities inherent within sector-wide student feedback (satisfaction) surveys. The use of survey feedback will be addressed from a number of perspectives, including:

  • Learner perspective Aaron Porter – (National Union of Students)
  • National perspective – (NSS) Paula Surridge (University of Bristol)
  • (PTES, PRES) Gosia Kulej (Higher Education Academy)
  • International perspective Will Archer (Director of i-Graduate)
  • Institutional perspective Denize McIntyre (University of Glamorgan)

The event will demonstrate the ‘institutional’ effect of large-scale feedback surveys by presenting evidence in the form of institutional case studies. Sessions and presentations will demonstrate how sector-wide student surveys can be used to inform a wide range of
institutional areas, including:

  • learning and teaching practice.
  • curriculum development.
  • internationalisation.

The ‘long haul’ outcome of this event will be an increased use of available survey data within institutions to enhance students’ learning and teaching experience. In order to facilitate this, the event includes two active ‘action based’ outcomes:

  • during the course of the event delegates will have the opportunity to create their own ‘action plan’ on how they will use their enhanced awareness and understanding of students surveys to change, not only their own academic practice, but also colleagues, departmental and institutional practices.
  • following the event (6 months after) a follow up survey of delegates will be conducted to highlight any change of practice informed by the outcomes of the event and inform delegates of the change(s) initiated.

To see further programme details and to book online, please go to the website:


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