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  • Engagement Week Feedback Faculty of Education and SportSchool of Architecture and Design

    Vice President of Academic Affairs Engagement Week Data Faulty of Education and Sport School of Architecture and Design Hi everyone, Weve been busy coding and analysing your comments from Engagement Week, now on a School by School basis. The sheer amount of data we have collected is amazing! From teaching to transport, assessment to accommodation and canteens to Camtasia you clearly have an opinion on all areas of academic life and are not scared to let us know about it. Demographics We collected qualitative feedback from 79 students across the School of Architecture and Design. 58 of these students were from Grand Parade Campus and 21 of these were from Moulsecoomb. Respondents were largely female, 56, with only 22 male respondents. The majority of the respondents were in first year (54%) and second year (35%). This summary includes an overview of comments on the top six comment subject areas with comparison to the university comment trends. The full Keep, Start, Stop commentary from students in the School of Architecture and Design is included at the end of the document. The full Keep, Start, Stop commentary from students in the School of Architecture and Design is included at the end of the document. Thanks again for all of your feedbackwe look forward to closing the feedback loop and reporting the changes very soon! Amy Rutland | VP Academic Affairs E: Facebook: VP AcademicAffairs Brighton-su Twitter: bsuacademic

    I MY EDUCATION A Few Words on the Data Analysis

    We have now coded the data under a number of categories coving academic issues, organisational issues an d other facilities and activities at the University of Brighton. We collected data from 1126 students and often each Keep, Stop and Start comment box had multiple comments addressing a number of areas of concern, delight and suggested improvements. Comments ranged from brief and specific to long and detailed and we would like to thank all students that took part for the consideration put into the responses given. This research now forms a rich database of student opinion across the university and will be a valuable source of input for not only the upcoming institutional review but also decision making process at the university. A detailed discourse analysis of the comments will be available soon with a school by school breakdown. Keep an eye on the new research area on the Students Union website for updates!

  • What have you said? Most of your comments have been about Teaching and Learning, with a large amount indicating a positive experience. However, there are also a large amount of statements on what needs to stop and what you would like to see start. Following this are your comments on learning resources where you speak positively about the resources but would like to see better access at weekends. Under the category of organisation you would like to see better communication of room and timetable chances but feel that the information you receive on university events is good. Positive comments in this category were around the cash machine and exhibition space at Grand Parade and the negative comments around the card activated doors. While you enjoy the catering there are concerns over costs. You would also like to see a new students union bar in place and more SU events.


  • Teaching and Learning Much like the rest of the University the majority of comments from Students at the School of Architecture and Design were about Teaching and Learning. Feedback on teaching and learning was extensive with over 40% of students providing commentary on Keep, over 20% on Stop and 20% on Start. The standard or tutors and the positive student/tutor relationship was commented on positively and the lack of formal examinations. There were also positive comments on the use of guest lecturers and industry knowledge. There were a smaller number of more negative comments focused on lectures that were uninspiring, lack of clear guidance on assignments and large class sizes. An increase in contact hours was the most popular comment for what the university should start doing.

    Learning Resources The second largest area of commentary was on learning resources. The positive comments were around workshops and media centres that were well equipped and that opened for longer hours during busy times. Some students felt that the lack of facilities open at weekends and early closure in the evenings (limited workshop and library access) were an

    issue. Also they felt that the material fees they had to pay at the start of the year were not necessarily fair and would prefer to buy materials as they went through the year so they money was spent on what they would definitely use. Students commented that they would like to have access to facilities in other areas of the arts in the university (i.e. dark room). Other requests for improvement centred on longer opening hours, greater informal study space/studio space and more technicians for workshop spaces.

    Some more detail...

  • Organisation

    Organisation comments, much like in the rest of the university, mirrored prior feedback from the National Student Survey and were largely negative with over a quarter of students commenting on what they would like the university to top. The criticisms for this were around poorly structured timetables, last minute changes that were not well communicated and students having to come in for a short period of time.

    Other Facilities Positive comments in this category were around the cash machine and exhibition space at Grand Parade and the negative comments around the card activated doors (also Grand Parade). Start comments focus on putting in place a cash machine at Mithras house, increased opening hours for Reprographics and increasing photocopying facilities.

    Catering At Grand Parade Campus the positive comments focussed on the high stand of food served in the canteen and the knowledge that the canteen uses locally sourced food. Criticisms about catering all focussed on the cost of food on both campuses. Suggestions for improvements centre on having a greater variety of food and allowing students to use a microwave to heat their own food.

  • Students Union

    The positive comments from students focus on the SU shops and their friendly and helpful staff and support given on the occupation at Grand Parade last year. There is significant desire for a Students Union bar and increased promotion of events.

    What Happens next with the Engagement Week Data This data is already being used in the university to inform de-cisions that they will be making to improve the student ex-perience. Reports from the data will be fed into university committees and any changes made as a result of your com-ments will be fed straight back via course reps and the Stu-dents Union website. The data will also be feeding into the Student Written Submission which we are due to submit to the QAA as part of the Institutional Review in November 2012. The first draft of this document will

    be available late June for you to pass com-ment on. We will be passing reports to school reps and course reps to ensure they have evi-dence to help them make changes in their own areas. If you would like any further information please dont hesitate to get in touch:

  • support students through student services

    keeping workshops open late

    inspiring teachers

    the societies exhibitions

    Studying and designing

    Keeping the building warm Staying open till 9

    Listening to student feedback i.e. laser cutting... Next on the list could be printing perhaps? 24hr access?

    meet artists/ talks - exhibition

    Great helpful friendly staff (security and cafe and shops)

    open the workshop till late nice food in the canteen

    great tutors and yarn supply

    supporting students in protests / occupations having such friendly/ helpful staff in the student services/ union/ shop

    keep the shop open recycling class trips (Milan)

    workshops in different areas

    serving excellent food! nice building and great studio space to work in!

    good campus shop

    good tutors/ lectures

    Bagels - they are amazing!

    Giving sessions and information about everyday university situations and problems

    more professional lecturers and improve the facilities of workshops

    keep the technicians

    cash machine

    Purchasing new technology and equipment like laser cutter etc

    Individual tutorials to talk over ideas with tutor

    Design knowledge from tutors interaction with students

    enough facilities in the class room technicians in room everyday for help nice hot food in the canteen

    Organising external lectures for practice lectures Giving detail descriptions of what needs to be done to till brief

    providing well equipped workshops with a positive atmosphere tasty food in the canteen cash point

    good crits

    Library, great place with great books printing in the library, long opening hours cafe in the school, great place to have a chat or rest uni shops, food, drink stationary - all I need

    Making use of the library easy, accessible. Extending pool room hours during busy times of term

    tutorials all maces should have photo shop

    cash point on site - very convenient yummy canteen food great student services

    Mineral water (free drinking water)

    good fund-raising - cake sales

    good student/ tutor relationships regular feedback compared to prior years student organised events. e.g.. back sales etc

    feedback from tutors

    The teaching/ lack of exams

    teach in a creative way to challenge us to visit exhibitions and the library I have good sources of information in the library to provide us GP health care (NHS) to provide support for international students

    good canteen food at grand parade good student teacher relationships

    good art supply shop

    good teaching - very informal open approach with teachers on the course good shop, facilities on campus

    tutorials and feedback

    having the Mac suite maybe more with Photoshop

    Food co-op

    student central cash machine

    guest lecture

    tutor time I always feel in touch with my tutors / course really interesting historical critical studies lectures

    technical tutorials keeping up to date on student central

    Allow card to buy food provide plastic cups in the Architecture floor, 3rd floor of Mithras

    Keep Comments

  • cash machine in GP is great keep doing veg boxes

    organise events

    The IT guy is cute Johnny's cute but mean

    employing a high standard of tutors

    good campus shop good hot food

    shop open at good hours recycling keep students informed on help they can get with studies

    cash machine at GP

    24 hours library opening times vegetarian lentil lasagne friendly staff

    tutorials, going to the library

    societies drinks machine

    recycling and energy conservation local and seasonal food suppliers to canteen

    local suppliers to canteen

    good tutors

    maces and Photoshop

    good knowledge good resources good shops prices

    pushing us to do lots of work - giving us a good work ethic

    cash machine exhibitions at front long hours in media centre

    keep up media centre, with loaning of equipment etc degree show - always amazing tutors - always available, via email - good constructive feedback lunch time reduced

    Tutors keep open minded and are really helpful the facilities stayed so good using student central


    promotional seminars with aspirational entrepreneurs HCS lectures

    In 5 days a week

    Language course for international students

    good contact with tutors and feedback

    Keep Comments

    Stop Comments

    stop making so unorganized academic schedules - technical staff should stop treating students so unfairly

    180 material fees when we do not use many materials on design

    making us come in for 4 minutes

    photocopy cards - expensive

    be so pushing

    Charging so much for coffees. Syrups should be complimentary.

    Materials fee at start of year

    Closing the computer room so early on a weekend Being closed completely on a Sunday

    always changing timetable

    organising facilities open hours to be shorter material fees - people should choose what they definitely want to use

    over pricing the uni shop making bad food especially vegetarian over priced not having enough technicians/ technical support workshops are messy and dangerous learning is stifled by the lack of teaching support

    I think general accommodation rules for 1st years is unfair -if you live on the other side of the country or even abroad it makes it very difficult to be told you have to find a house in a town you don't really know (especially with 1 month notice) I know Brighton's a popular town but there should be more uni accommodation to support this! keep the finance office open all week

    sometimes no room to work so go home to do it in cramped house

    giving such boring and uninspiring lectures

    card activated doors

    more individual tutorials

    closing early

    Shutting the library, it should be open 24 hours

  • overworking the technicians

    Stop hand-ins on Thursdays because on Wednesdays everything in the university is closed e.g. reprographics

    having so many problems running alongside each other

    cold food in the canteen highly priced lectures in small classroom and different campuses

    changing lecture times at the last minute

    stop closing the printer room so early (3:00pm)

    making us do the professional practice module or otherwise get the tutors speaking advice and completely re-address the reasons for doing the module

    making us come in for 5 mins

    not allowing students to print in Mithras before pick up

    receiving information from the tutors on student central can be problematic at times

    teachers lateness

    closing workshops Wednesday afternoon professional practise - or at least improve it! having so many locked doors

    being disorganised with times etc for sessions

    charging in the canteen expensive printing photocopying student fees on placement and material fees

    disorganised - unclear briefs

    cold studio

    closing the printing room so early before reviews

    need to improve student central definitely look at Uni of Sussex as an example, it needs to be cleaner , easier to use..

    maybe smaller classes?

    closing too early on the nights

    closing the workshops Wednesday afternoon

    having a larger year group for fashion in future years stop throwing away food! it could be given to people in meetings, students staying late or sold at a reduced price!

    only pass or fail 1st year feel haven't learnt much about the business world yet

    conflicting teachers opinions - they need to communicate with one another

    expensive printing

    Making the University experience less expensive make classes closer

    stop wasting food/ throwing away excess food - students will eat it

    improve facilities

    course is so disorganised I hate it

    taking too many students for fashion course currently a first year of 40 compared to a second year of 20 and a final year of 15 - there aren't enough resources for 3 years of 40 students

    card activated doors

    making students pay for the laser cutter closing the finance office

    I am happy with the Uni

    closing university so early

    more with Photoshop photocopy cards

    photocopy cards

    having the heating on when it's warm outside throwing away food - canteen, sandwiches out of date making it difficult to organise events at the university renting out rooms and hosting events in uni building - bureaucracy!! 10 for a new student card?? not fair!! Why? Where does the money go??

    throwing away food in the canteen at the end of the day charging 10 for replacement uni card

    being expensive to drink

    close too early library should stay open for longer

    being late to our tutorials if late we get bad feedback

    making us buy materials when we spend so much on education anyway

    closing the workshops for maintenance in the week

    workshop times - closing at 5.30pm isn't late enough

    no has lectures (I find them pointless)

    photocopy card

    giving projects like Slax and Nano that are quite unrelated to course but are geared towards gaining funding

    disorganised running of lessons and students to be confused by what they are expected to do

    Stop Comments

  • open more student jobs on campus

    access to other facilities within the faculty of arts e.g. dark room

    actually giving us a space to work if we need it

    an area to work with tables and chairs not in the studio but private study space in the computer room photocopi-ers in the uni - not just the library

    be happy about studying

    Cash machine in Mithras house. Keep reprographics on the 3rd floor open for longer- possibly pay them for over time so they are around when it's busy.

    Communicate with each other. Disorganisation is the main drawback.

    cross crits through different courses

    Extend weekend opening hours of computer rooms and library at GP - open on a Sunday

    fixing the machines charge the minimum for design kit

    fund fashion show open facilities for longer hours

    get more technicians support staff in their problems, not just tell them to get on with it - their concerns are very real problems

    get more technician support in workshops (the technicians are seriously overworked) art and design subjects more cross over between art and design subjects - if we could share equipment easily that would be very beneficial (diff departments seem opposed to the idea?)

    give us room within the uni to do independent work/ design (like textiles)

    giving better lectures on topics that relate to our courses and involve introduction

    giving us more calico

    good healing cash machine at Mithras house

    have a common room, sofa chill out area more studio space student union bar

    have a university run cafe - student microwaves

    Having more gatherings for the university giving students more of a chance to meet new people

    helping more international students to improve their English and make friends with them

    hire more technicians

    keep a photocopier in the computer suite

    keep studies and university facilities open overnight put cash machine on Mithras keep reprographic facilities open for longer (after 5pm)

    keep the workshops open later at night own space to work on sketch book

    less pressure and contact reviews more regular

    longer opening times for workshops and classrooms colour photocopier in the campus change minimum limit for using Design A Knit programme

    longer opening times for workshops and reprographics

    longer printer room opening times

    make it easier to contact tutors, they rarely email back if ever

    making more studio space

    Mithras house needs to have printing room for architecture students I think... opening hours are poor and there is always a queue Medical centre is so complicated when you have a problem and need to solve it quickly architec-ture course might be more organised

    more bread rolls in the canteen

    more business lectures more sewing machines

    more feedback from tutors letting students do cake sales as it's yummy opening up extension studies to allow more people to get first choices

    More food variety (British food, Indian, Japanese..) Cheaper food price - the price of the food in the canteen is too expensive More cash machines - it is very troublesome to go from Mithras to Cockcroft to withdraw cash espe-cially in the winter when the canteen does not accept cards

    more info about SU events or more events to get more students more involved more info about clubs etc

    more machines larger studio hours available ict open later more copiers!

    more maces in library

    more open plan studios Mithras cash machine!

    more organised timetable to put on the central heating in the afternoon change setting of air conditioning (too cold air)

    Start Comments

  • more organised trips with courses, visit exhibitions, museums etc. make for a better experience, I would pay for those things in my course!

    more space healthier food

    more sports facilities for people at GP

    more structured timetable no so much 'self directed' study

    more studio space for us union bars

    more technicians in the workshop please

    more techniques on the course to help more tutor time

    more theories and teaching

    more trips meet designers speaking to course makers once a week perspective of each others work

    more tutor time longer sewing room hours

    on fashion we need more tutor time and the sewing room to be open past 5.30 stocking a bigger variety of drinks in the uni shop like Rubicon microwaves

    organise events more frequently


    paying for technicians to keep fashion studios longer in evenings

    provide more material

    put traffic lights outside of Varley Halls entrance more technical support communication between campuses and staff to students made easier

    recycling (no recycling bins anywhere)

    serving dinner at grand parade

    space to work in the university - big studio space for all student union bar

    sports or classes at GP drinks in the cafe in the evening

    St Peters library needs to be open longer! better/ more clear recycling facilities - coffee cups and lids! better art materials in SU shop - cheaper and better range SU Bar - maybe the Blind tiger arrangement?

    sty peters library open longer esp. at weekends us shop - better range of materials Su bar

    student union improvement

    studio space for fashion student union bar

    SU Bar place for students to go more photocopiers

    supply us with materials under what we pay for each year already

    taking our considerations and views into account

    taking what we say into account - cash machine is the only exception

    training technicians in everything before they start working

    transport bus to and from Falmer union bar chill area ping pong table

    uni facing all areas of the course so that the students get the most out of the possible over the 4 years to complete each module unit

    university should be open later feedback assessments more constructive about improvements

    voluntary and non voluntary work related to the students field of study in order to improve their skills in future job

    Wi-Fi in public areas open the library longer at the weekend

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