Wednesday 14 March 2012


You are currently being asked to complete the National Student Survey online. This is an opportunity for you to reflect and comment on your time as a student on the English programme at University of Manchester.
The survey only takes a few minutes, and this year, more than ever, it is vital that English has a high completion rate. The University sets great store by these tables, in a climate where all arts and humanities programmes are under enormous pressure to demonstrate their excellence and value. English can’t afford not to have a healthy return from the NSS, so please help!
We hope that our students thoroughly enjoy the education and support they receive from us. Here are some of the things we do to try and ensure all students get the most out of their time with us:

·     We offer students a remarkably wide range of courses ‒ from film and creative writing to medieval and postcolonial literature. While not every student gets on to every single course they might wish to take, most do get their top choices.
·     We have responded to student concerns to ensure that every syllabus description has a clear statement of aims, objectives and assessment so that all students know precisely what is expected of them from the outset.
·     We have introduced more comprehensive feedback forms for assessed work and now ensure that all work is returned within two weeks.
·     We have recently doubled the regular office hours during which members of staff are available for consultation, and we encourage students to make appointments to meet with us outside scheduled office hours as well.
·     We have greatly increased the availability of course materials ‒ readings, syllabi, essay and study questions, and secondary readings ‒ online, by way of Blackboard.
·     In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, scholarly research in English at Manchester was ranked second in the entire UK, well ahead of Oxford, Cambridge, and University of London! Our research informs the teaching you receive.

In previous NSS surveys, 95% of our students said that staff were good at explaining things, 88% said that staff made the subject interesting, 97% said that staff were enthusiastic about what they teach, and a whopping 98% said that their course was intellectually stimulating! This gives an average of 95%  ‒ compared to a university average of 83%.

Please complete the NSS at

Thank you!

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