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Students want better feedback

Published: Thursday, 13 September 2007   Category: Public sector

University students want their course tutors to provide an improved system of assessment and feedback, a recent study has claimed.

The National Student Survey results show that 38 per cent of students were not happy with the way their assessments were handled.

And students studying north of the border were the most unhappy. Only 48 per cent of Scottish university goers were pleased with their feedback and assessment.

Pushing the blame onto the students themselves, Professor Michael Arthur of the University of Leeds said: "A theory is that there is really quite a significant difference between the type of assessment and feedback that occurs earlier in life through your secondary education and that that occurs at university."

He added: "There are multiple opportunities to re-sit assessments to improve your score. Universities don't usually work in that way."

The survey also found that overall 81 per cent of students were happy with their Universities. The Open University was the highest ranked, with 95 per cent of students pleased with their courses.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18279039-ADNFCR

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