Student Surveys

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We want to create the very best experience for you, our students, and to do this it’s important that we continue to grow and improve the learning environment that we provide here at Birmingham. Over the past year, we’ve received some really useful feedback from you in a number of ways, including through national and University-wide surveys. Through these surveys, you can tell us what you think about your time at UoB. 

We listen to all of your feedback and action your ideas, suggestions, and comments as much as we can. This means making course-level developments from year to year, changes to systems and processes, and investment in the campus and your overall student experience. Read what changes we've recently implemented and continue to improve on, so you can have the best student experience at UoB. 

You said, we did...

Academic Developments

You said you'd like to see us make some changes to the academic year and more support preparing you for the next stage of your academic lives and careers. In response to your feedback, we've achieved the following:

  • A new academic year model was implemented in September 2023 to shorten the January assessment period and to give students a longer break over the festive period.
  • We're making some exciting changes to the summer term. We're launching a new programme of learning and development activities for all students to enhance your knowledge and skills, and help you reach your goals as a continuing student or as a graduate.
    • There'll be subject-specific academic transition support to prepare you for the next year, careers workshops and professional skills short courses to enhance your CV. There's also an opportunity for students to do something 'Xtra' - whether that's taking part in events and activities, developing skills, or meeting new people.

Assessment & Feedback

You said you wanted additional support to do your very best with exams and other assessments. We have listened and introduced extra support for this important part of University life:

  • We've introduced an Assessment Support Week in Week 6 for the majority of programmes to offer dedicated time and support for you to prepare for your exams and other assessments.
  • We've also included more formative assignments on your modules so you can receive guidance prior to deadlines.
  • There are greater opportunities to receive feedback on drafted work before your submission deadlines. Staggered deadlines now aim to reduce the pressure of assessment periods with 'assessment submissions windows' being introduced to encourage more flexibility.
  • We've put together a whole load of tips, advice and guidance from other students, alongside support from the Academic Skills Centre in one place as part of our UoBe Ready campaign, updated for every assessment season with all the latest help and guidance.

Financial Support

You said you'd like to receive further financial support from us during the Cost of Living crisis. We know this time can feel challenging for students, so in response to your feedback, we've implemented the following:

  • Supported your Guild of Students with their Community Pantry initiative alongside establishing the Guild Hardship Fund for students who are experiencing a short-term, unexpected financial difficulty.
  • We now have lots of free utilities on campus where you can fill up your water bottle, access kitchens (with hot and cold water taps) and microwaves, giving you the flexibility to bring your own food and drink onto campus. 
  • We also have the Student Support Fund which can award up to £2,000 to any student (undergraduate orpostgraduate) who is struggling to meet their basic living costs.
  • Supplies of free environmentally friendly period products are also available to collect for anyone who may need them at the Student Hub.

Wellbeing Support

Supporting your Mental Health and Wellbeing is important to us. In response to your feedback, we've shaped the following:

  • We've invested in two new recovery initiatives to support any students who may be struggling with addiction whilst at University. 
  • We've also expanded our Time to Talk? campaign to ensure you know where to access our range of free and confidential services to support you.
  • The Student Hub in the Aston Webb Building has recently undergone refurbishment to make it more accessible for you to seek advice from a range of our dedicated teams, including the International Student Team.

Accessibility and Inclusion

You said you'd like to see increased access opportunities and inclusion at UoB. In response to your feedback, we've achieved the following:


Have your say

In early 2024, eligible Taught students had the chance to reflect and feedback through one of the following surveys:

  • National Student Survey (NSS) for final-year undergraduates (closed 30 April).

  • UK Engagement Survey (UKES) for non-final year undergraduates (closed 30 April).
  • Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) for postgraduate taught students (closed 13 May). 

Please note that research students are surveyed biennially.

As a thank you for your time, fifteen students could win a £150 cash prize each (5 winners from each survey). The winners, chosen at random, will be contacted by the University via email mid-May — more details can be found on our terms and conditions Intranet page.

No one knows your University experience better than you. Find out which survey you’re eligible for below to shape your student experience at UoB today. 

National Surveys

UK Engagement Survey (UKES)

The UK Engagement Survey (UKES) is an annual national survey for eligible non-final year undergraduate students to complete.

PGT Experience Survey (PTES)

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is an annual survey for eligible postgraduate taught students to complete.

 Student Comms Survey

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This survey is now closed

Tell us what you think and be in chance to win a £150 Amazon voucher

Keeping you in the loop with important news and useful information about student life, services and events is crucial so you can stay connected during your time with us. The Student Communications Survey is now closed. Thank you to all students who took part. Your feedback will help shape your student experience at UoB and have your say. 


Professional Services