Sharing my experience at the Westminster Higher Education Forum

By Helena Lim

I’m thrilled to have been asked to take part in the next Westminster Higher Education Forum on Wednesday 12th January, themed around the next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

Of course, you all know that enhancement to teaching and learning fuelled by collaboration with students is my number one professional passion.  Coupling this with my experience of and enthusiasm for intelligent survey design and closing the student feedback loop means that I always have strong opinions about listening to students and acting on what they say.

So, it is with a lot of excitement that I look forward to participating in a panel discussion entitled ‘Capturing and responding to the views of students – curriculum design, driving continuous improvement and reflection, and the future of the National Student Survey’.

With the most recent National Student Survey recording the lowest ever percentage of agreement around the theme of Student Voice – nationally, only 51% of students agreed that their course feedback had been acted upon – there’s never been a more important time to engage in sector wide discussion on improvement in this area.

From my perspective, it’s not rocket science to ensure that students feel that their feedback is responded to, but there is a process to making sure this is done efficiently and effectively.  I will reveal more on how to successfully tackle this during my session.

I’m almost as excited about the company I’ll be in as I am about sharing my thoughts!  For it is very esteemed company indeed.  For the panel I’m participating in, I’ll be joined by Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth and Miguel González-Valdés Tejero, Education Officer at University of Manchester Students’ Union. 

In addition to my co-panellists, the Higher Education Forum is absolutely brimming with contributors from right across the Higher Education spectrum; including Lord Lucas and Lord Storey as session chairs, Graeme Rosenberg from the Office for Students, Gordon McKenzie of Guild HE, Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Provost of Avondale University in New South Wales and the Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel for the Australian Government, as well as a host of senior leaders from UK universities.

A detailed agenda for the Higher Education Forum can be found on the event’s website. It’s going to be a fantastic event – if you would like to attend, details on how to get involved are also available on the Higher Education Forum website.

Dr Helena Lim

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