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  • 1. Interpreting and Utilising Outcomes from the NSS Julian Martin, Head of QA&E Thomas Rickarby, QED Graduate Intern
  • 2. Format of session
    • Outline of the way the NSS operates
    • Information available (publicly and only to UW)
    • Exploration of data
    • UW approach to utilising data for QA & E
    • Open discussion on next steps
  • 3. How the NSS operates
    • 5 th consecutive year of operation
    • Public site ( www.unistats.com )
        • Threshold criteria >23 students/50% of sample
        • Directly-funded provision at partners reported in own right
    • Courses reported upon at ‘best level’
        • Level 1: 21 categories
        • Level 2: c.40 categories
        • Level 3: c.100 categories
        • Level 4: 173 categories
  • 4. What information is available (1)
    • Data available on Unistats – Level 3:
      • Academic Studies in Education
      • Business Studies
      • Computer Science
      • Drama
      • English Studies
      • History
      • Human and Social Geography (Information from two years)
      • Initial Teacher Training
      • Others in Social Studies
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Sociology, Social Policy and Anthropology
      • Sports Science
  • 5. What information is available (2)
    • Data available on Unistats – Level 2:
      • Business
      • History and Archaeology
      • English-Based Studies
      • Media Studies
  • 6. What information is available (3)
    • Data available on Unistats – Level 1:
      • Biological Sciences
      • Business and Administrative Studies
      • Creative Arts and Design
      • Geographical Studies
      • Mass Communications and Documentation
      • Social Studies
      • Subjects Allied to Medicine
      • All data accessible via LTSEC paper.
  • 7. What information is available (4)
  • 8. Internal Information (1)
    • Data available internally only
    • Same results but for >10 response rate:
      • Accessible via password from
    • http:// nss.webreport.se/login.aspx?ReturnUrl =%2fDefault.aspx
  • 9. Internal Information (2)
    • All data is accessible internally, from where the following can be seen/manipulated:
      • All UW Results
      • All Student Comments (pos/neg)
      • Comparison with other institutions (against public thresholds)
      • Sector-wide analysis
      • How other insts have used NSS (QE) *
  • 10. Internal Information (3)
    • At Level 3:
    • Accounting
    • Biology
    • Fine Art
    • Management Studies
    • Marketing
    • Media Studies
    • Nursing*
    • Performing Arts
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Science
    • Social Work
    • * Although the University’s results for nursing meet the criteria, this information is not available on Unistats.com because the website only uses information for first-time, full degree students.
  • 11. Internal Information (4)
    • At Level 2:
    • Art and Design
    • Biology and Related Sciences
    • Education Studies
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Human and Social Geography
    • Management
    • Nursing
    • Performing Arts
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Science
    • Social Work
    • Forensic and Archaeological Sciences
  • 12. Internal Information (5)
    • At Level 1:
    • Historical and Philosophical
    • Languages
    • Agriculture and related subjects
  • 13. How do we use this? (1)
    • Initial analysis
      • Outlines key successes, potential issues by subject area/scale/question
      • Starting point for Institute/course exploration
    • Paper to Academic Board summarising results
    • Paper to LTSEC proposing strategic implementation
    • Proposal to:
      • Emphasise action arising from data at University level
      • Emphasise action arising from data at Institute/Course level
  • 14. How do we use this? (2)
    • NSS Working Group
      • Identified key themes at University level
      • Drawn up action plan arising from unistats data, internal data and student comments
      • Actions to be agreed and progress reported back to LTSEC
      • Work continuing on identifying UW approach to elicit information from students above course level
  • 15. How do we use this? (3)
    • Institutes/Courses
      • Data made available for consideration as part of Annual Evaluation evidence base
      • Institutes also encouraged to analyse data further to determine specific actions (ie. in conjunction with LTSEC approach)
  • 16. BIG question: how do we report outcomes back to students?