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:
- Unitu student voice platform
- National Student Survey (NSS)
- Student Experience Survey (SES)
- Survey policy and guides
- Guidance on focus groups
- 'Closing the loop' on feedback (You Shaped UCL)
- Student Opportunities A6 flyer
Unitu is an award-winning student voice platform that is being used in a growing number of UCL faculties and departments.
UCL and Unitu have put together a new guide for staff on using the platform.
If your department is using Unitu, a range of materials will be available to help you promote the service in your area.
- Unitu digital promotional materials (to download)
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The NSS is an annual survey for final-year undergraduates. The 2021 survey runs from 6 January to 30 April. Digital promotional materials are available to download.
- NSS 2021 promotional materials (to download)
NSS 2021 email signature
NSS 2021 digital image (800x500)
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UCL runs the Student Experience Survey (SES) for penultimate-year undergraduates to help us identify and act more promptly on issues affecting students.
The 2021 survey runs from 1 March to 31 March. Digital promotional materials are available to download.
- SES 2021 promotional materials (to download)
SES Email signature
SES 800x500 digital banner
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SES A3 poster
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.
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.