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Calling all thesis supervisors and coordinators! Four years of trend data are here!

Data from the 2021 UC Postgraduate Experience Questionnaire are here! Around 46% of thesis students completed the survey, which collected trends in research culture, resourcing, students goal development and expectations, as well as thoughts on their supervision experience.

Four years of trend data on the major topics of the survey provides insight into students’ perceptions and allows for each faculty and subject area (where at least five responses have been gathered) to compare themselves to the UC average and themselves over time.

The Evaluation & Students Insights team have done their best to make these comparisons as easy as possible, and have included multiple slicers of interest to allow you to choose cohorts of particular interest to you.

To check out these insights and more, head over to ESI’s dashboards here and open the Postgrad Experience dashboard.

For any questions, or if you would like the Evaluation & Student Insights Team to come and speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.

Where have they gone? Graduate Destinations is coming!

Have you ever wondered what happens to UC graduates once they leave us? Look no further!

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team will invite all former students who completed a degree in 2020 to complete the Graduate Destinations Survey next week.

The Graduate Destinations Survey (or GDS for short) is one of UC’s longest-standing annual surveys. It asks recent graduates about their employment, any volunteer roles they hold, and whether they’re undertaking any further study. The GDS helps provide advice to current and prospective UC students around trends in the employment market, further studies, and salary information. It also provides information to help improve our programmes and student support services.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the data, you can check out last year’s findings on ESI’s data dashboards here. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for the 2021 results due for release at the end of September.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.

Surveying UC students? Here’s what you need to know!

Did you know that there’s a policy that supports any surveying of UC students? If you collect survey data on students, this article is for you!

The UC Student Community Online Survey Policy (Survey Policy) covers all surveying of enrolled students or have graduated from UC. The policy outlines the conditions required for students receiving requests to participate in online surveys and the application processes and procedures for scheduling online surveys.

You can check out the Survey Policy here. Here are the key points to know:

  • Surveys that collect data to improve teaching and learning do not need consent unless the data may be used for publication
  • All other surveys that are distributed to students need express approval from the Office of the DVC-A. Complete this tool to start this iterative process
  • Contact details of students are categorised as “personal information” under New Zealand Privacy Laws, meaning that contact details of students must not be shared. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
        • Providing lists of student emails to colleagues not involved with teaching within a specific course
        • Providing student email addresses to postgraduate students to enable data collection for research purposes
  • In line with the Privacy Policy and NZ’s privacy legislation, a student cannot be emailed an invitation to participate in a survey without either prior consent from the student or the Office of the DVC-A
        •  This includes sending an email invitation to students on someone else’s behalf (including from other institutions)
  • Agreement to participate in one project does not automatically constitute agreement to be contacted about subsequent projects unless this consent is explicitly given

The Survey Policy aims to protect against survey fatigue in particular groups of students and ensure the strategic goals of UC by enabling the collection of quality information. The Evaluation and Student Insights team will work with staff to identify other opportunities to recruit survey participants.

Major strategic surveys are conducted annually at UC and provide a wealth of information that is accessible to all staff via the UC Data Dashboards. Topics include Learning and Teaching, Well-being, Belonging, and Equity and Diversity. All data can be filtered by major subject area and other demographics, including age, gender, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity and more to allow for meaningful insights.

All staff can access the UC Data Dashboards here.

For any questions about the Survey Policy, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to you or your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

For any questions about UC’s Privacy Policy or NZ privacy legislation, please email records@canterbury.ac.nz.

3 Years of Learning and Teaching at UC

With the closing of the UCount 2021 survey last week, we’re happy to write that that brand new data is already accessible to all UC staff in the Learning & Teaching Dashboard (opens new tab)!

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (opens new tab), students provide feedback on the learning & teaching they experience at UC. Respondents consider their overall educational experience, course structure and relevance, engagement inside and outside of courses, and quality of learner resources, like physical spaces and course materials, and more. Individual items within the focus area categories undergo calculations to derive the respondents’ overall “percent positive” scores.

Ako Marake have used these QILT Learning & Teaching Indicators in the UCount survey since 2019. We now have 3-year trendlines for the focus areas, all of which can be “sliced and diced” to show your cohort of interest, whether it be a specific programme, subject, or ethnicity.

Over 12,000 respondents comprise the trends presented below:

line graph trends of UC Learning and teaching

In nearly all focus areas,  percent positive scores have reached or surpassed pre-COVID scores in 2019.

Have a look at the brand new data, and explore all of the new features in this dashboard (see this blog post for reference)(opens new tab).

If you would like, a member of the Ako Marake ESI team would be happy to come talk with you and your team about these data; reach out to Ellie and Elyse at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz with any questions or comments.