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National Student Survey (NSS) Brighton Student Survey (BSS)

Below is the link to the NSS  and BSS questions. The BSS questions will be different this year.

NSS  2019 Questions

BSS 2019 Questions

Below is the link to the action plan which was distributed with some additional comments made as a result of the recent ESEC meeting.

Action plan

The link to the Action plan will take you to the most current document, so as we make changes it will be updated.

You can find all the relevant Business School documents about the NSS/BSS on SharePoint. To find the folder, go to staffcentral then click arrow to the right of your name, then click “my department”. You will see headings across the top: click on NSS and the documents for 18/19 are in subfolder.

Wider University NSS information:

Wider University BSS information:

What is difficult is getting out the good news/changes to students and staff and building a sense of positivity and pride.

Reminders: what is currently available (see action plan for more idea)

  • We have Your Voice Matters on studentcentral on the main menu for MySchool Brighton Business School. This includes responses to students’ stop, start and continue feedback, a link to the Good News Stories and student comms re 2018 BSS.

One  simple way to promote the survey is to add a strap-line  to the  signature area on emails (see below) as we are often solving problems and answering questions – this reinforces that we are supporting students.

Strap-line on email responses to students –

Calling all final year students please complete the National Student Survey (NSS): your reflections on your whole degree – first – final year are very important 

How to create and add a signature to messages

The NSS results  are used as part of the metrics of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Learning Analytics Update: Student Dashboard & Emoji use

Staff and students have had access to the Learning Dashboard for a number of weeks now.

Learning Analytics data summary so far for BBS  shows students’ emoji usage and the frequency of visits for both staff and students to the Learning Dashboard.  The report also includes some of the free text comments students have made using the emoji widget, these are from students across all schools in the pilot to help protect their anonymity, however it is useful to read a flavour of the comments being sent. One of the things that is important is to capture attendance through the use of the photo registers.

It’s great to see that students are using the tools we’ve made available to them.

Marion and the team plan on starting the evaluation process towards the end of this semester and we will determine the best method. They have already received some feedback about the photo registers including some feature requests which are being collated and added to the staff feedback process for you to comment on.

Please feel free to get in touch with Marion Curdy or Julie Fowlie if you have any concerns or queries at any point.

Festive jumper appeal: 12th December

As we head towards the season of goodwill, we wanted to support some great causes whilst also having some festive fun.

It is easy to get involved: Simply dig out your favourite festive jumper, wear it to work on the 12th December and donate £2 or more. You do not even need to splash out on a seasonal sweater to take part – just grab a plain jumper from your wardrobe and customise it using tinsel, baubles and homemade snowflakes!

Just send a text message saying BRJU18 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 by text, or to donate £5 send the code BRJU18 £5 – you can also make a donation via our JustGiving site.
Money donated will help to build a better and brighter future for children who are in desperate need. Funding will be equally split between The University’s Malagiri School Project in Nepal and the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Appeal.
Don’t forget to tweet your festive pictures to @brightonalumni using the hashtag #brightonforever.

Learning Analytics: Dashboard now live

This is a reminder that the full Learning Dashboard is now live for your students  More information Here

The release of the dashboard may trigger student queries about discrepancies between the data shown and their own records of attendance. We appreciate your help in reassuring students that this is pilot data which will not be used to assess them in any way.  As a reminder, this based on the attendance we are recording so again it is really important that we all use the electronic registers.  Average cohort data in particular may be skewed, for example as a result of different register taking practices by different seminar tutors.

Remember that Course Leaders and Personal Academic Tutors can use the Student Lookup via studentcentral to click through and access the dashboard and should start using this in PAT sessions.

Thank you


Your School Annual Learning & Teaching and Professional Support Staff Awards 2018/19

The third annual Learning and Teaching & Professional Staff Awards are open for nomination from the 5th November.

The Business School has a proud record of recognising and rewarding its teaching and professional support staff.  This year we will be presenting a total of eight £250 awards: four for Learning and Teaching and four for Professional Support.

New for 2018/19: one of the Learning and Teaching Awards has been co-sponsored by the BBS student Law Society, so if you want nominate a Law lecturer please use the separate form.

The process of entry is by anonymous nomination on-line. Please scroll down to the page to view all entry forms.

Nominations can be made by students or staff colleagues.

Learning & Teaching Awards

The nominations for Learning & Teaching Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Displays an active interest in and development of approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support for the development of students as individuals
  • Uses effective communication skills that engage students in the learning experiences
Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

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Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19

Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19

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Professional Support Staff Awards

The nominations for Professional Support Staff Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Provides high quality work which either directly or indirectly supports staff, research and/or students
  • Provides high quality advice, guidance and support which enhances the student and staff experience
  • Regularly goes above and beyond their duties at an exceptionally high level which reflects the school and the university values of excellence
Annual Professional Support Staff Awards Nominations 2018/19

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Nominations of all awards open Monday 5th November 2018
Nominations close Friday  19th January 2019
Winners announced TBC
The BBS student Law Society award will be presented at the Law Society Ball 26th January and we will recongise all our award winners at the Learning and Teaching conference on 5th July 2019  


Learning Analytics start of term update

Firstly – some stats!

The emojis are getting going – over 200 emojis recorded so far! 🤓 (clever) is winning – a good sign for the new term.

Photo Register is working – around 5000 students university-wide are having their attendance recorded each day!

BBS has distributed the student flyer  (see below). Ensuring the students know what this is all about is key to the project’s success

As a reminder, the full dashboard will be released by Mon Nov 5th – for students this is via a dashboard button on the emoji widget and for Personal Academic Tutors and Course Leaders this is via the Student Lookup tab on the top right hand side on studentcentral.

Photo Register

  • In BBS we are aware there has been/may still be some issues around groups -please persevere as recording attendance is critical
  • Photo Register with big cohorts was not loading so has been fixed so it now displays all the groups (not just the first 20)
  • Doctoral students who are teaching don’t see photo register (only ‘staff’), Katie and the team are aware of this. Once we understand the scale of this as an issue we will find a solution.

More help:

The Art of Management and Organisation (AOMO) 2018 Conference Blog Paul Levy

You can access Paul’s blog about the conference here

Paul also blogged about his keynote presentations at the 16th Conference on the Management and Innovative Technologies Conference 2018 in Izola, Slovenia here

Learning Analytics 2018: STARTS 1st Oct 2018

As previously discussed, there are a series of commitments we have made as a school. The ones that affect colleagues across the all courses both undergraduate and postgraduate are:

Attendance: attendance data must be stored via the PhotoRegister in a timely way (eg the day of the teaching). All staff teaching are committed to doing this is a list of courses BBS 2018 courses

Personal Academic student Tutorials: PATs are expected to use the data with your tutees in the tutorials. These slides show you how to access the dashboard for your students via the PAT Student Lookup.

The school will also need to play our part in the project evaluation and more details will follow on this.

Finally, to confirm launch dates: the emoji ‘How are you doing’ component is scheduled to launch for your students on Monday Oct 1st with the dashboard following on Mon Nov 5th (week 6).

We will distribute a leaflet to the students over the next two weeks.

Free content to support learning, teaching and research in Big Data and Digital Methods

Lots of great free and accessible resources including podcasts created by SAGE check them out and add them to your module’s reading list if appropriate.

Big Data and Digital Research Methods

3rd Annual BBS Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 on 6th July

Over 80 BBS staff participated in this years conference  at Grand Parade on Friday 6th July.  It it was great to hear from so many difference voices!!

The theme of this year’s conference was “the future of the Business School”.

Our two key note  presentations clearly laid out the challenges and ways  BBS can build on our strengths and create a future which is unique to us.

Toni Hilton – Head of Brighton Business School – “What is the future for Business Schools and how might we address that at BBS”

Katie Piatt  – e-Learning Services Manager, Jason Bailey & Marion Curdy– Learning Technologies Advisors – Learning Analytics the next steps for BBS

We  made the  presentations to the  2017/2018  Learning & Teaching Awards Winners: Rob Hayward, Bobby Kahlon, Cath Matthews,  Mona Rashidirad,  Asher Rospigliosi, Pascal Stiefenhofer  and  Professional Support Staff Awards Winners:  Stuart Bullen, Rachel Carver,  Donna Clarke, Lucy Fullbrook

If you want to contribute to the discussion around the BBS Mission and Vision, you can do so by adding comments to this page AACSB: Discussions 

Programme with links to the content 

Date for your diary

10th September – Module Delivery Day – the aim will be again to collaborate ensuring a consistent approach to implementing changes to modules post CDI.

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