The School surveys students about their teaching experience in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. The surveys provide an opportunity for students to share their opinion of the courses they have taken and to inform the School of what works well and of areas where improvements can be made.
There are two types of surveys. One for classes and seminars (PDF) and one for lectures (PDF). The questions ask students about their class/seminar teaching, about their lectures, and about their courses as a whole. Students are also invited to provide overall comments on the positive and negative aspects of the teaching they are receiving.
The results from these surveys are used in a number of ways. They provide teachers with feedback on strengths in their teaching competencies; and they flag those areas in which they might improve.
Heads of Departments receive the teaching survey results of their staff members. Where individual teachers score poorly, the Head helps to put support and development arrangements in place. This can include coaching and mentoring from the Teaching and Learning Centre for example.
Survey results also help the School to reward teaching excellence. For example, a teacher's survey results are an important set of evidence considered by the Promotions and Review Committee.
The Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ASC) also reviews course survey results. Survey results form part of the data set departments are asked to consider as part of the annual programme monitoring exercise and are also included in the evidence base when departments undergo periodic review. In this way, student feedback can influence how a course is delivered and how taught provision and particular programmes of study evolve over time.
Previous teaching survey results can be found on the survey results page.
Feedback to students
Students can view average course evaluation results based on their feedback in the Enhanced Course Guides. The results reflect key course questions over a 3 year time period.
Management Information and Surveys Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 6266