Cardiff University recognises the vital contribution which opinions and feedback from students make to the enhancement of the educational environment and the fulfilment of the University’s strategic goals.
In recent years, the range of opportunities for collecting and reporting feedback from students has increased significantly, with Cardiff students contributing to a number of local and institutional-level surveys. These surveys provide valuable data for use both nationally and within Cardiff University, in order that the University can continue to attract and retain high quality students and enhance the quality of its services and provision. The role and purpose of conducting student surveys can be summarised as follows:
Cardiff University students contribute to the following major surveys at institutional level:
- The National Student Survey (NSS) seeks the views of final year undergraduates on their educational experience and the level of overall satisfaction with the quality of their course.
- The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) are designed to help institutions enhance the quality of postgraduate degree provision.
- The International Student Barometer (ISB) gauges opinion amongst international students across a range of issues relating to learning and living experiences
In addition to these externally-run surveys, Cardiff University conducts Welcome to Cardiff, an annual online survey for all first year students which includes questions on the quality of application, admissions and enrolment processes and students’ early experiences of university life.
These institutional-level surveys supplement the various feedback and programme evaluation exercises involving students within their academic Schools and enables the University to listen to the Student Voice.