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Student experience

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What is student experience?

One of the key strategic aims of the Teaching College is to continuously improve the student experience. This means looking at the entire student lifecycle including welcome and transition, teaching and learning, development opportunities, and the careers-focussed support provided throughout to ensure we give our students the best possible graduate outcomes. We want every Science and Engineering student to have the same opportunities to succeed both during and after their time with us at University of Manchester.

We are working on each of these areas with partners from across Science and Engineering and the wider University to create a world class, relevant and engaging educational experience for students on our taught programmes. We want to further develop the student community that the University of Manchester is already known for, and work with our students to make sure that we are not only inclusive, but introspective too.

That begins with listening to our students and empowering them as partners and co-creators of their education. This is what the Faculty’s Student Success & Development Team will be focused on as they work to embed the new Teaching College strategy. The team will utilise surveys and focus groups, and work with student representatives from across the Faculty who will challenge us to improve the environment for our students. You can see some examples of previous reports and consultations done in partnership with students and the Students’ Union here.

This year, we are looking forward to working with some new partners. This includes the SU’s newly elected Faculty of Science and Engineering Officer Raheel Ansari, who is dedicated to enhancing the student experience, providing opportunities for underrepresented students within the faculty, and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who study here.

Projects we work on

F‌aculty Forum

Faculty Forum serves as a platform for students to voice their opinions, concerns, and suggestions about a set of ‘hot’ topics within their home faculty. The aim is simple – to gather feedback in an engaging and interactive way, ensuring every student present gets their voice heard. 

The next Faculty Forum is taking place on Wednesday 6th March from 2 - 4pm in Academy 3, Students' Union. Secure your ticket here.

You can also see what was discussed at the Faculty Forum in November 2023 in the following two reports: 

Student Voice Faculty Forum Report

Central Learning Environment Faculty Forum Report

Student Experience Action Fund

The Student Experience Action Fund is a new pot of money which all taught Faculty of Science and Engineering students, including those on the Foundation Studies programme, can apply to for financial support to launch new projects or events which aim to improve the university experience of students in the Faculty. Read more and apply for funding here:

Student Experience Action Fund Pilot

The next deadline for funding is 5pm on Friday 1st March.

FSE Black Heritage Student Network

We are working with a Student Partner Intern, Modinat, to set up a network for students of Black Heritage in the Faculty. We hope the network will help foster a sense of belonging, create a healthy space to share ideas and experiences, and build a strong network of Black Heritage students within Faculty of Science and Engineering. The network is open to students from FSE who:

  • are of Black African, Black African-Caribbean, Mixed-race Black African or Mixed-race Black African-Caribbean background;
  • have Home fee status
  • are studying for an undergraduate degree.

If this is you, we hope to see you at our launch event on Thursday 29th February. 

 

Meet the team

Emily Cooksey and Jo Cartwright, Associate Deans for Student Experience and Graduate Outcomes

Frances Muscatelli, Student Success and Development Officer

Linda Mulvey, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Administrator

Modinat Tijani, Student Partner Intern

 

Contact us

Any questions? Email us on: fseteachingcollege@manchester.ac.uk