School of Humanities

What does academic feedback include?

Office hours

The opportunity to discuss your ideas directly with your module tutor is an integral part of your studies and can greatly enhance your knowledge and understanding of module material. All staff hold weekly office hours, which are posted on the notice board outside of the main office. Office hours may either be ‘drop in’ sessions or use an appointment system where you sign-up for specific time slots. If you are unsure which system your tutor uses, just ask.  

Although the expectation is that most consultations will take place during teaching weeks, tutors may, in consideration of coursework and exam deadlines, hold some consultations during the revision and assessment periods.

We want to make sure that you have a chance to meet with your tutors individually, but sometimes timetable clashes are unavoidable. If you cannot make your tutor’s office hour because you have a lecture/seminar or because of work or family commitments, get in touch to arrange an alternative appointment at a mutually convenient time.

Remember: Your tutor is usually only an email away.

Feedback on outlines and drafts

All of your tutors will be happy to discuss your ideas with you and to provide the mode of guidance appropriate given the module and requirements for the task. To help you submit work that is produced to the best of your ability, tutors often provide feedback on outlines and/or extracts of draft work.

Here are a couple of general rules of thumb you can keep in mind, though remember that these may vary slightly from module to module:

  • an outline is usually a single side of A4 typed in 12 point font
  • draft work will normally not be more than 25% of the overall word-limit
  • draft work can consist either of continuous prose or of selected extracts from a larger piece of work
  • most feedback will be provided during face-to-face consultations
  • feedback and consultations are not normally provided during vacation periods
  • you should not seek guidance for the same piece of coursework from multiple tutors

If you are unsure about arrangements for a specific module, please do ask your tutor. 

Feedback on assessed work

You will receive written feedback on all assessed work. For exams, you are invited to discuss your results with module convenors during time specially set aside for this purpose.

Feedback on coursework will be provided on the coversheet and, in many cases, in marginalia written on the main body of text itself. You are encouraged to discuss your performance on coursework with your personal tutor and with the tutor who marked your work.

Receiving your results isn’t the end of the story as far as feedback is concerned. One way to improve performance on subsequent assessment is to discuss coursework from previous modules with current module tutors in order to receive advice on how the feedback on earlier assessed work can contribute to the planning and execution of upcoming assignments.

Student feedback on taching and modulees

Formal evaluation questionnaires on teaching and modules will be handed out at various times throughout your course. These give you the opportunity to express your opinions about the content of a module and the way it has been taught, so do fill them in as thoughtfully as you can. The feedback you give is important for helping academic staff to reflect on the quality of their teaching and make changes and improvements where appropriate. However, please note that any malicious or insensitive comments will be disregarded.

Our modules and teaching methods are kept under continuous review by the School’s Teaching and Learning Committee and comprehensive student feedback is an essential element in this process. Students are informed of changes made in response to such feedback, either by the individual member of staff concerned, or via the Student-Staff Feedback Committee.

Student-Staff Feedback Committee (SSFC)

The SSFC is a formal way in which you can make your views about life in the Department known to the lecturers, providing a vital input which can directly shape the way in which the various courses operate. 

The committee is made up of both student and staff members and meets once a term. At these meetings issues raised are discussed and then acted upon accordingly.

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