Approximately every six years, each department undergoes a Periodic Review by the University in order to suggest changes and identify good practice. Each year student recommendations during these Reviews lead to changes that directly affect the student learning experience.
Each Review includes one day when a Panel comes into the department, and listens to the experience of students as well as academic staff and professional staff. The panel consists of:
two academics from York
two external academics (from a similar discipline) from another higher education institution
a student representative (from either YUSU or the Graduate Students’ Association).
These discussions are backed up by a number of reports that the panel receives before the review day.
How are students involved?
Feedback from students is critical to the process and invaluable with respect to informing the Review Panel about students’ actual experiences and learning opportunities.
Student feedback is sought in the following ways:
Student Submission - all students in the department are invited to complete a short questionnaire or attend a Student Voice Workshop to provide anonymous feedback on their programme. YUSU collates this information and produces an independent report which is given to the Review Panel prior to the Review day.
Meetings with students - on the Review day groups of students (both undergraduate and postgraduates) are invited to meet with the Panel to share their experiences of studying in the department.
The Review Panel is interested to hear about the good and the not so good parts of studying in the department. It is important that those who participate feel confident that they can speak freely and honestly; be assured that nothing students say will be quoted in the Report which arises from the Periodic Review and nor will students be identifiable in any way to the department.
Student feedback is an integral part of the Periodic Review process and the more students that get involved the more authentic that voice is.
To find out which Departments will be taking part in a Periodic Review this year contact [email protected]