Student Voice and Feedback

Giving Constructive Feedback

Specific constructive suggestions that focus on your learning are far more useful than general critiques, as these give the lecturer the ability to do something about your feedback. It comes to explaining why “the class is great” or why you thought “the readings need changing” in order to make meaningful changes.

Remember that you are writing to your instructor. Your feedback is valuable and can influence the ways they teach this course and other papers in the future. Please avoid emotional language as this can cloud what you are truly commenting on.

For the paper evaluations:

  • Please limit your comments to the paper, for example content, paper design, resources, assessments, workloads, tutorials, field trips, workshops, labs, lectures, and/or online tools.

For the teaching evaluations:

  • Please limit your comments to this teacher’s communication with students, teaching approaches, feedback, approachability, clarity of explanations, and/or enthusiasm.

Safety for both staff and students is fundamental to the evaluations system.

The Evaluations Team has a responsibility to ensure the safety of both staff and students with regards to evaluations.

There are safeguards around keeping students unidentifiable

  • not showing any student names in the reports (though you can identify yourself),
  • sending out reports after grades have been finalised in the Boards of Examiners, and
  • refusing to identify students if asked by Lecturers.

But there also need to be similar safeguards for Lecturers and Tutors. Staff are people too, and they can fear student backlash. In the case that it gets out of hand (which it has in the past) there need to be measures in place to ensure the safety and security of our Lecturers and Tutors.

Misuse and Regulations

The University is committed to providing a work and study environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. While your identity will not be disclosed to the teaching staff involved, you are reminded of your obligations under the University’s Student Discipline Regulations to act towards others reasonably, courteously, considerately and with good faith. You are also reminded that under the University’s Computer System Regulations you must not use a computer system in any way that constitutes discrimination or harassment. Breaches of the Student Discipline Regulations and/or the Computer Systems Regulations may result in disciplinary action in accordance with those regulations.

Student Complaints

Consistent with its commitment to excellence, the University has adopted a policy to assist both students and staff in the resolution of student concerns and complaints constructively, quickly and fairly. Read more >