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Student Experience and Success

Understanding, supporting and enhancing the student experience at Bradford

The Student Experience & Success Team aims to understand, support and enhance the student experience at the University of Bradford – which includes striving to enable the engagement, transition, development and success of all of our students.

We liaise and work with staff across the institution, students and UBU; conduct research and evaluation; and provide advice, activities and schemes for students and staff.

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Name Role Extension Email 
Ruth Lefever  Student Experience Manager 5287 r.lefever@bradford.ac.uk
Vacant Student Representation Coordinator    
Sonia Sanghera Student Experience & Success Intern 6883 s.sanghera3@bradford.ac.uk

Research and student feedback

Our research aims to understand and improve the experiences of students at the University of Bradford. The team is involved in obtaining feedback from students on a wide range of different experiences – such as what happens on their programme, to social experiences, the campus, welfare and support and so on. This can range from using large scale surveys to running small focus groups or one-to-one interviews with students.  The team also evaluate key student experience policies and processes and may also be able to support bespoke requests from staff or students to investigate particular student experiences.

We strive to capture the experiences of all our students – whatever their background, circumstances, programme or level of study; or whether undergraduate, full or part-time, postgraduate, distance learner or a student at one of our collaborative partner institutions.  The thoughts and the feedback students provide can help us to shape our activities and services.  Obtaining and utilising our students’ voices allows us to make positive changes based on what our students think.  It also enables students to play a key role in shaping and enhancing the UoB student experience – for both current and future students.

We also use our research to develop initiatives for students, such as peer learning schemes. If you have any such ideas about things that we could do to help improve your experience or those of others, then we’d love to hear these and we may be able to work with you on developing a project of your own if that is something you are interested in.

For more information visit Research and Listening to You.

 

Student engagement

We aim to work alongside students, engage them, foster a sense of belonging and to help build an active university community based on student and staff collaboration and partnership.  Our approach to engagement considers the whole student life cycle and various student transitions within this.  It takes a broad perspective that values engagement in both academic and social spheres, as well as ensuring that students have a voice.

We also use our research and knowledge to develop a range of engagement initiatives for students, such as peer support schemes.  This includes Students as Partners - an initiative which outlines how we engage with students in a variety of ways.

If you have any such ideas about things that we could do to help improve your experience or those of others, then we’d love to hear these and we may be able to work with you on developing a project of your own if that is something you are interested in.

Our student engagement work relates to a number of key university policies, such as:

Student Charter
Curriculum Framework
Employability Strategy
Policy for Student Representation

The Student Experience Coordinator focuses on much of the above work in terms of researching the student experience, obtaining student feedback and developing and supporting student engagement initiatives.  The Student Representation Coordinator works alongside the Students' Union to oversee our representative scheme and also support wider student engagement.

 

Student Development, Attainment and Success

The team seeks understand and address student development and attainment across the institution and we are keen to work with staff and students from across the Faculties and directorates to identify needs and develop initiatives to address these. We are also looking at institutional structures and pedagogical practices to help us understand their relation to student success. Our targeted approach recognises that students are not a homogenous group and that a range of interacting factors impact on their attainment.

 One of our key projects is to support student transition into university via our Trans:It summer programme.

Contact

You can find out more about the Student Experience and Success Team and our work, tell us what you think or make suggestions by getting in touch anytime via email.