Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Templates and guides

Student engagement templates and guides can help you connect with students in your department or area of work.

These guides can help open conversations with your students, but each department has its own culture and student community so varied approaches are very welcome.

Contents of this page: 

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2020

The 2020 PTES will be open at UCL from Monday 18 May until Monday 15 June. 

The PTES is for postgraduate students on taught programmes. This includes Master's, PGCE, PGDip and PGCert progremmes, but not MRes programmes. 

Staff in faculties, departments and professional services are influential in persuading students to take part in surveys. A range of materials are available to help you promote the PTES in your area. 

PTES 2020 digital promotional materials (to download)

Email signature image

PTES email signature preview image

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PTES 2020 instagram story image

You Shaped UCL: close-the-loop campaign templates

These materials are designed to link to a wider institutional campaign on how student views and ideas are shaping education at UCL.

To promote changes inspired by student feedback in your department, school or division, you can use the customisable You Shaped UCL template materials:

Email signatures and web banners

You can use these to link to further information on Moodle or on a web page about how student views and ideas have been used.

Focus groups

If you're looking to gather qualitative feedback, you can organise focus group sessions for students.

These sessions are useful for understanding the reasons behind preferences and exploring participants' reactions to the topic under discussion. 

Student survey policy and guidance

UCLs survey policy states that no large-scale surveys of students should be conducted without prior agreement from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs).

This does not include small-scale surveys (for instance of all the students in your department) but would cover, for example, a survey of all study abroad students. 

The comprehensive survey guide is a great starting point if you have not run a survey before or if you would like to improve your future surveys. The guide contains information on: 

  • Basic survey principles – things to consider before running a survey
  • Available survey software – options to run surveys
  • Survey design best practices – survey length, style, scales
  • Response rates – representativeness, margin of error and how to increase your rates
  • Survey links – controlling survey access

Please note that in line with UCL’s Survey Policy, no institution-wide survey should take place at the same time as any of our annual student surveys. For more information, please read the survey policy or contact us.

UCL student opportunities flyer

Staff can order a double-sided A6 postcard flyer to promote the various opportunities available to students.

These opportunities include the ChangeMakers scheme, Student Experience Panel and Student Academic Representatives.  

Order the printed Student Opportunities postcard flyer via our ordering teaching resources web page.