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Engaging Students

At Cardiff we pride ourselves on the level of engagement we have with our student body, giving students the opportunity to express their opinions and be partners in the decision-making of the University. In particular, we actively support the Student Academic Representation system and student surveys regularly to make sure we are always working in the best interests of our students. We also engage our students in the planning, implementation and evaluation of their courses, which continues to enrich the educational experience at the University.

The Students’ Union is a crucial partner in enabling the University to provide a first class student experience, and we work with the elected sabbatical officers on all student engagement projects. In order to facilitate this relationship, the University and the Students’ Union have written a document which formalises the nature of our relationship, the principles on which that relationship is founded and the way in which it operates in practice. Feel free to download the Relationship Agreement if you would like to learn more about our ongoing partnership.

Our approach to student engagement is therefore based on the opportunities available to work with students on three concordant levels:

Involvement Opportunities are provided for students to express individual opinion, perspectives, experiences, ideas and concerns. Students are consulted throughout their student lifecycle through a variety of University and national surveys. We also ask students to provide feedback through module evaluation questionnaires and provide feedback to their student reps. We continue to report back to students on the outcomes of actions taken as a result of their feedback.
Participation Opportunities are provided for students to take a more active role in a defined activity. The student representative system allows student reps to play an important role in the decision-making of the University using feedback from their students. Every year, a variety of student focus groups are conducted to inform current University policy.
Partnership Collaboration between the University/schools and students involving joint ownership and decision-making regarding developments to the Cardiff experience. We benefit greatly from our ongoing, close working partnership with our Students’ Union and its Elected Officers. This work includes the development and implementation of our Fee Plan and our work this year on developing our Student Charter.

This approach is embodied in our Student Voice Framework, an overall matrix of good practice which is used to guide future developments and projects on the student experience.