Since 1995, Quality Advancement has conducted:
- the Student Opinion Survey(s) (of current undergraduate and postgraduate students) comprising the Academic Experience Survey and the Support Services Improvement Survey
- the Graduate Opinion Survey (of recent graduates)
The Student Opinion Survey - Support Services Improvement Survey is run annually, each year a random sample of 4000 students are invited to participate in the survey. The Student Opinion Survey - Academic Experience is run biennially as a census of all students enrolled at the time of the survey minus those that have been invited to respond to Support Services Improvement Survey. The Graduate Opinion Survey is run annually as a survey of all students who have completed the requirements for their course during the academic year prior to the last full academic year (i.e The 2022 Graduate Opinion Survey contacted graduates who completed their qualification requirements in 2020 ). The results of these surveys help the University to identify ares of strengths as well as areas for improvement. Information on the scheduling of surveys is available here.
The Quality Advancement Unit is also responsible for the following surveys:
- the College and First Year Survey (includes the College Resident Survey)
- the International Student Barometer (in collaboration with i-Graduate)
Surveys Coordination Group
Information about the Surveys Coordination Group can be found on the Surveys Coordination Group Website.
The 2022 Student Opinion Survey - Academic Experience is currently open and collecting responses.
The 2022 Student Opinion Survey - Support Services Improvement Survey is currently open and collecting responses.
The 2022 Graduate Opinion Survey is closed in May 2022. The response rate for the survey was 43% (2257 responses).
The 2022 College and First Year Survey closed in May 2022. The response rate for the survey was 56% (2768 responses).
In additional to collecting some demographic information, which allows analysis by different sub-groups of students, the surveys seek feedback on the following:
Student Opinion Survey - Academic Experience
- Course details
- Course experiences
- Postgraduate supervision & experience
Student Opinion Survey - Support Services
- University services
Graduate Opinion Survey
- Course details
- Course experiences
- Postgraduate supervision & support
- Course outcomes
College and First Year Survey
- College Resident Experience
- First Year Experience
- Transition to University Studies
Results are distributed to Divisions, Schools, Departments, Colleges and Support and Administrative units after they have been analysed and summarised by Quality Advancement. Meetings are then held to discuss the results.
More information on the history, structure and analysis of surveys can be downloaded in the Guide to Interpreting the Student and Graduate Opinion Surveys below.
Summary reports are available from Quality Advancement. Any interpretation of survey results should be done with regard to the Guide to Interpreting the Student and Graduate Opinion Surveys and the Code of Practice for the Use of Student and Graduate Opinion Survey Data, both of which can be downloaded below.
If you have any questions regarding surveys or survey results please contact the Surveys Manager.
Downloads: PDF format uses Adobe Acrobat which is available free at http://www.adobe.com
- Download a Guide to Interpreting the Student Opinion Survey (PDF)
- Download a Guide to Interpreting the Graduate Opinion Survey (PDF)
- Download the Code of Practice for the Use of Student and Graduate Opinion Survey Data (PDF)
Since 2008, the Quality Advancement Unit has run additional institutional and research surveys on a variety of topics – a detailed list is available here.