Share your views in the National Student Survey

24 januari 2014

The 2014 edition of the National Student Survey (NSS) is set to start in mid-January. This is the foremost national survey on what students think about their degree programmes. You can expect to receive an invitation by email starting on 17 January. Please take part because your voice counts!

The 2014 edition of the National Student Survey (NSS) is set to start in mid-January. This is the foremost national survey on what students think about their degree programmes. You can expect to receive an invitation by email starting on 17 January. Please take part because your voice counts!

The National Student Survey is a nationwide survey in which tens of thousands of students give their opinions on their degree programmes. Survey results provide input for orientation activities for new students and for the compilation of national rankings.

Starting on 17 January, email invitations to take part in the NSS will be sent to students at the UvA, who will have until 9 March to complete the survey. As an incentive, participants will have a chance to win one of five iPhones (valued at €700), five iPads Air (valued at €500) or 265 €25 gift vouchers for Bol.com.  The UvA hopes to see a large student response again this year. The greater the number of students who complete the NSS, the better the UvA will know how students rate degree programmes and services at the University.

What has been done with the results of the previous surveys?

In response to the results of the 2012 and 2013 National Student Survey (NSE), the Faculty of Humanities is working on the following improvements:

Link-up with prior education

The Faculty of Humanities is taking the opportunity presented by the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Matching Week to prepare students properly for the link-up between their prior education and their future degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities.

Academic student counselling and information

The binding advice regarding continuation of studies comes into effect this academic year. The Faculty also uses this measure to provide students with the information and support they require, which includes announcing grades in good time.

Content, quality assurance, lecturers and testing

The Faculty is committed to improving academic student counselling, its lecturers, testing, quality assurance and the degree programme curriculum. The tightening up and evaluation – via a student panel – of the 8-8-4 semester structure aims to improve curricular content, workloads and lecturers. The Faculty is also already using the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) to improve quality assurance and lecturer professionalisation.

Teaching methods, workload and timetable 

The Faculty is currently looking for ways to improve the integration of teaching and testing in blocks 3 and 6 as well as to improve the feasibility of deadlines and the spreading of workloads.

A timetable app is now available and the Faculty of Humanities is working to inform students of timetable changes more effectively via the website.

Career 

A work placement earns you credits and can be a real advantage to your future career. The Faculty of Humanities has an active work placement office. Many work placement posts are advertised on student.uva.nl and on the notice board in the Bungehuis. You can also find extensive information online about doing a work placement as a Faculty of Humanities student. Courses for career development are also announced on student.uva.nl

About the NSS

The NSS is organised by Stichting Studiekeuze123, which is an initiative of the ISO and LSVb student associations and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the NRTO council for training and education. The survey is conducted by the Intomart GfK market research agency.

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen