The Higher Education Academy’s UK Engagement Survey results for 2015 are released today.
The UK’s only national survey focusing on students’ engagement with their studies has revealed the latest picture of how students participate in a range of important educational activities.
The results highlight a number of key points including the key role played by critical thinking and independent learning in a successful learning experience, as well as highlighting the positive role played by extra-curricular activity in boosting engagement and development.
Against this, the focus on independent learning may be limiting students potential to benefit from interacting with their peers or academic staff. There is also evidence of a limited development of employability skills; but the results provide evidence that encouraging interaction with staff and participation in wider activities can help students prepare for the world of work.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, says, “UKES is very different from a satisfaction survey and enables us to dig deep into the student experience, providing a comprehensive measure of how students are engaging, and being engaged, with their studies and how their skills are developing when they do so.
“I think the strength of this survey is the solid data it provides to help institutions identify the most appropriate teaching and learning interventions that will improve student learning gain. In the context of the current focus on developing measures of learning gain, and wider strategy for improving learning and teaching practice, we are excited about the even greater role UKES can play across the sector”
Over 24,000 students took part in the survey which collects data from significant volumes of students in their first and second years as well as those in their final year. This allows institutions time to reflect on student responses and implement changes that will benefit students while they remain at an institution.
You can read the report of the 2015 UK Engagement Suvey: Students’ perceptions of skills development here.