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Meeting student expectations: Getting closer.

Cook, Tony and Naughton, Violetta (2009) Meeting student expectations: Getting closer. In: EFYE: Enhancing the first-year experience: Theory, research and practice, Groningen, The Netherlands. The European First Year Experience Network. 120 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://www.efye.eu/main.aspx?c=EFYE&n=500889


Previous research at the University of Ulster has shown that many students have a set of false expectations about what their university experience will be like. In general they are more fearful of both their potential academic and social experiences than turns out to be the case. As a result of these findings the School of Biomedical Sciences improved the communication with applicants prior to entry by introducing applicant visit days etc.and enhanced induction procedures.Surveys conducted before biomedical science students started their course have been compared with similar surveys after students have had a few months experience of the university. Most students still underestimate the requirement for private study but they are much more realistic about the study time required than hitherto. Comparisons of opinions at the two times have shown that most students have had most of their expectations met. Some statistically significant disparities however continue. These relate to student expectations of their social environment (disappointed in their use of sporting clubs and student societies) and of the attitudes of some staff (clarity of assessment tasks and feedback, staff sympathy with non-academic problems, etc.). Student expectations however have been exceeded in their engagement with the course and the quality of the teaching. These changes in student expectation have been accompanied by a substantial improvement in student retention.It is concluded that pre-entry interventions and a more extensive induction has had a positive effect on the expectations of new students but that the relationship between staff and students still requires to be improved as regards non-academic support and the management of assessment.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Speech)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:26118
Deposited By: Dr Violetta Naughton
Deposited On:21 May 2013 14:26
Last Modified:21 May 2013 14:26

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