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

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