Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Good turns to excellent: National Student Survey results for Sociology

The National Student Survey results for 2007-8 have just been published and in just about every category, Sociology at Keele has shown a significant improvement. In some areas, scores have improved by 5 or 10%.

These excellent improvements for Sociology contributed to the overall 3% percentage increase in student satisfaction with Keele University as a whole. Students graduating from Keele show a satisfaction rate of 88%, considerably better than the national average.

Lecturers in Sociology are delighted that students agree strongly that staff are very enthusiastic about teaching, an excellent outcome for a research active group.

Programme Director for Sociology, Mark Featherstone said: “We’re delighted with the improvement in levels of student satisfaction. This is the outcome of lots of hard work by staff to listen to students. We are also reaping the benefits of investment in staff in Sociology over the last couple of years, which means that students get more time being taught and advised. For example, students now get more tutorial time in the first year than they did a few years back, and turnaround times for essays are getting quicker. We have also implemented improved personal tutoring systems so that students know who to turn to if they have a problem.”

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