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As you know, the School of Politics and International Relations takes the findings of the NSS survey very seriously. We pride ourselves on getting to the bottom of issues that are raised in it, and responding constructively to them.

Here are a number of examples of issues that undergraduate students in the School have identified in the most recent NSS to which we have responded.

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You said:

  • That you wanted better library resources

So, we did the following:

  • Provided more electronic journals and e-books
  • Spent tens of thousands on buying additional and extra printed books
  • Provided direct contact with our Faculty Librarian, Lorna Rosbottom

 

You said:

  • That you wanted more module choices

So, we did the following:

  • Provided two new final year modules:
  • Africa and International Politics
  • Democracy in Action
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Parliamentary Internship

 

You said:

  • That you wanted more Careers support

So, we did the following:

  • Created internship opportunities for third year students
  • Provided more access to the School’s Careers Consultant Jeff Riley, who regularly holds 1-2-1 sessions and careers events
  • Added graduate attributes to every outline to make clear the connection between the modules you take and the skills they help you develop  

 

You said:

  • That you wanted more events

So, we did the following:

  • Ran over 50 School events last year
  • Facilitated a more relaxed environment to talk to your lecturers and peers

 

You said:

  • That you wanted more targeted feedback

So, we did the following:

  • Gave one-to-one exam feedback (always available on request)
  • Create a PASS student-to-student feedback support scheme
  • Ensured feedback is built into classes
  • Provided individual and general feedback

 

You said:

  • That you wanted reading packs

So, we did the following:

  • Introduced reading packs for all first year students

 

You said:

  • That you wanted more lectures to be recorded and made available online

So, we did the following:

  • Encouraged staff to try this when they teach in rooms where it is possible
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