Postgraduate Research Students, NUI Galway

National Student Survey

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

2020 Action Plan

 

 

Actions

Responsible

Status*

1

Research Infrastructure and Facilities

The School has satisfaction scores above the College average in all areas (suitable working space, library facilities) except computer facilities, an area outside of our direct control. Students scored us highest in the College for access to specialist resources and facilities necessary for research.

No new actions needed.

Complete.

2

Supervision

Satisfaction scores for interaction with supervisors is higher than the College average (and second highest on the College overall) and students give us the highest College score for ‘help to identify training and development needs as a researcher’ (87.5%).

No new actions needed.

Complete.

3

Research Culture

Satisfaction scores for research culture are above the College average in all areas and we score highest for departmental ‘research ambience’ and for ‘opportunities to become involved in the wider research community, beyond my department’. Our lowest score is for ‘access to a relevant seminar programme’ (70.8%). We can formalise a School-level seminar programme.

Research Committee. To be discussed in semester 2.

Not started

4

Progress and Assessment

The School scores highest in the College for understanding the ‘requirements for the thesis’ and ‘requirements and deadlines for monitoring of progress’, but lowest in the category ‘final assessment procedures for my research degree are clear to me’ (66.7%). Supervisors will be advised to explain this to students at the start of their PhD degree.

Research committee to notify supervisors in semester 2.

Not started.

5

Development Opportunities 

Not all categories in the survey are relevant for our disciplines. We score highly in most relevant areas, and particularly high for students attending and presenting at academic conferences, and for teaching opportunities that enhance the research experience.

The survey indicates students would like more guidance in developing a personal development plan and the Research Committee will liaise with supervisors to make sure this is standard practice.

Research Committee.

Not started.

6

Research Skills

Students rate us highly for developing and applying critical skills and methodologies (over 90% for each). The lowest score (73.9%) was in the area of developing confidence to be creative or innovative. The Research Committee will explore ways to respond.

Research Committee.

Not started.

7

Personal Outlook

In terms of general support, we will make sure students are aware of the role of the GRC, and that they can approach the members of that committee for additional help. We will also make sure they are aware of wider institutional supports.

Supervisors to inform students.

In progress.

8

Other Transferable Skills

The School scores above the College average in all categories here.

No new actions needed.

Complete.

9

Responsibilities and Supports

In line with section 7, we will make sure students are aware of the role of the GRC. We will also ensure they know they can approach other members of their disciplines.

Supervisors to inform students.

In progress.

10

Overall Experience

Scores here are above the College average.

No new actions needed.

Complete.