Dr Claire Slight from our Surveys team outlines further benefits for participating in this year's UK Engagement Survey.
Participating institutions in this year’s UKES will have the option to include NSS questions for non-final year students, as agreed with HEFCE. In 2016 institutions were able to pilot the inclusion of these NSS questions within UKES. Inclusion of these questions helps provide a more holistic picture of student engagement and their satisfaction, and comments from our survey officers suggest that in doing so the strategic enhancement of UKES is heightened. In fact, the results from our annual officers survey (in which we obtain feedback from those running the HEA surveys within institutions), showed that of those who ran UKES with the NSS questions, 89% felt that the inclusion of these questions in UKES was very or mostly useful.
A real benefit of UKES is that it enables institutions to explore the experiences of the students during the initial years of their degree, pinpointing any areas of concern. The ongoing evaluation of the student experience thereby allows institutions to make changes and enhancements which may impact upon the students during the course of their study. Through also including the NSS questions, institutions can obtain a fuller picture of their students’ experiences over time, potentially even addressing issues before the final year NSS is run.
This year sees a record number of institutions registered to take part in UKES, with 46 currently signed up for 2017. If you would like more information on the survey please visit our UKES web page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org