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How your voice has made a difference

This page provides an opportunity to see the valuable feedback received from students across a wide range of communication channels, and to see what the OU has done in response.


Please note this video is now a couple of years old so some people no longer have the same title. The current Students Association leadership can be seen on their website.


Choose a topic from the drop-down list below to see how students can have an impact on their university experience and be empowered to help shape the University. Next time you are asked to give your opinion, you know that the OU is taking this feedback seriously and will respond.


You said...

The print on demand service/paper copies of online content for students with disabilities was welcomed by those students who used it but there were some quality issues over their delivery

We did...

The DoT has raised this issue with relevant colleagues to ensure that the quality of what we provide for this service is as uniform as possible

Social Sciences and Global Studies

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You said...

That to be useful, collaborative working had to have a clear rationale and add value to the student experience

We did...

The Director of Teaching has fed this back to the faculty and emphasised to module teams in production the need to explain and fully integrate any collaborative skills work into modules, so they both add value and are relevant to assessment and the student journey.

Social Sciences and Global Studies

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You said...

You were not aware of the full range of employability resources available on the Arts and Humanities Study website.

We did...

We have made resources more visible on module websites with links in study planners and under the ‘Resources’ tab. Resources will also be flagged up in the various ‘enhancing your career’ forum threads on discipline forums and on module welcome forums. When new resources become available, they will be advertised via news and forum postings on module websites and the Study website.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

You value insights into how Arts and Humanities alumni progressed their careers and would like to see a range of student stories on the Study website.

We did...

There are student stories available on this page of the Arts and Humanities subject site: https://learn2.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=207009&cmid=1611061. We will continue to add to these stories so that they cover a greater range of disciplines and a wider variety of employment experiences following graduation.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

You would like access to more resources for Arts and Humanities students who aim to go into teaching.

We did...

There are a range of resources on becoming a teacher available from the OU student Help Centre, many of which are relevant to Arts and Humanities students: https://help.open.ac.uk/becoming-a-teacher.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

Clearer prompts are needed to engage with personal development planning and FutureYOU, where modules and qualifications include these.

We did...

PDP is embedded in many of our newer modules, and we will continue with that approach. We will add links to FutureYOU on module website study planners, along with a brief explanation of what is and what it is for. The value of FutureYOU will be explained in careers and employability-related threads on the Arts and Humanities discipline forums.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

You would welcome opportunities to network with people already employed in the career areas that interest you.

We did...

Virtual careers events with employers and students are already run on the IVent platform: OpportunityHub Login (open.ac.uk) IVent has a live networking area, where students can interact directly with other students as well as employers.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

You are interested in voluntary opportunities, as well as paid work experience.

We did...

The Opportunity Hub promotes both paid and voluntary opportunities, including virtual internships, traineeships, work experience opportunities. We will explain the value of the Opportunity Hub more clearly in careers and employability-related threads on the Arts and Humanities discipline forums.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

You are particularly interested in opportunities for home-based work experience.

We did...

Advice on approaches to finding home-based opportunities for paid and volunteer work are available on the website of the OU’s Careers and Employability Service.

Arts and Humanities

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You said...

Named qualifications such as MSc Cyber security were preferred to designations such as MSc Computing (Information security and forensics) because content is more obvious to employers.

We did...

The introduction of the MSc in Cyber Security was a result of consultation and reviewing current market trends. This launched Autumn 2020.

Computing and Communications

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