BSS and NSS Survey

Unless you have been avoiding emails, not coming into university and not talking to anyone in the School you will, no doubt, be aware that the all undergraduate students are being asked to give their feedback on their university experience to date via either the Brighton Student Survey or the National Student Survey. This feedback is extremely important to both the school and university and helps us make changes for you.

You can read about some of the changes we made this academic year as a consequence of feedback from last year please do have a look at the your voice matters blog (https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/yourvoicematters/school-of-pharmacy-and-biomolecular-sciences/ )

The Brighton Student Survey (BSS)

The BSS is the School and University’s main opportunity to gather feedback from all level 4 and 5 students so that we can understand what we are doing well and what we can improve.  The BSS is opened on Monday 6 February and will close at midnight on Monday 6 March, if you haven’t yet, please do take 10 minutes to complete the survey – there are only a few days left and every response matters. Completing the survey automatically enters you into a prize draw with the opportunity to win a £200 voucher from the university.

How do I complete the survey?

The National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a national survey, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, which gathers the views of all final year undergraduates about what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

The survey comprises 27 questions in the survey cover teaching, assessment and feedback, learning opportunities, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, and the student voice. There are also questions about careers, course delivery, work placements, welfare resources and facilities, social opportunities and overall satisfaction.

How do I complete the survey?

Because the school would really like to receive feedback from as many students as possible we have decided to donate £100 to the student society associated with the course that has the highest proportion of their students completing both the BSS and NSS so your society could receive up to £200 for 10 minutes of your time.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2016

This is just a quick but very important post to remind everyone that today is mental health day. If we do not act now, depression will be the leading global illness by 2030. I know that it is easy to overlook mental illnesses as things that cause us to suffer physically are far more obvious. Nevertheless, mental illnesses are just as debilitating as a physical ailment. As a sufferer of anxiety and depression, the most common mental disorders in Britain, I am aware of just how immobilising these conditions can be. So if you know someone who suffers from a mental illness I urge you to sit down and talk with them as it is the little things that can make the biggest difference. Also, if you are a sufferer like me, I hope you can have the courage to open up and speak about your problems. OWN IT. Mental illness no longer has to be something we shy away from talking about. It is so important to educate people on the matter and save future generations from feeling alone and helpless in already very isolating illnesses.

For more information on mental illness visit The Mental Health Foundation, Time To Change, Mind and Rethink. 

To talk to The Samaritans call 116 123.

Lauren.

 

Well done Riccardo

Congratulations to Riccardo Terzi for winning the highest number of votes from his peers for the best journal Club presentation for the academic year.  Riccardo gave his talk on a pore-forming toxin implicated in enterocolitis in foals, which is the topic of his MRes project.  Riccardo is with working on a project supervised by Simon Hardy.