Students in the School of Health and Sports Sciences have a range of online forums where their voice is central. These include formal committees such as Course Committees and more informal Course Leader drop in sessions, which are facilitated via Microsoft Teams or the Virtual classroom.
The student voice is essential in evaluating the quality of provision and adapting learning to meet the changing needs and demographics of student cohorts. The new Suffolk Online Feedback in Action (SOFIA) enables course representatives, at the moment, the opportunity to feedback to course teams on any aspect of their course when issues arise. Much of the feedback from this mechanism has been positive. All feedback is then responded to so students know their voice has been heard.
The majority of students in the School of Health and Sports Sciences learn in the university and practice environments. While the lectures have moved online to Virtual Classrooms, small tutorial groups, simulation and skills session remain on campus. The learning environments have changed this year but we are working with cohorts to ensure students have authentic meaningful relationships and experiences to develop their communities.
Many of the courses foster small learning community group work activities, even when there are larger cohorts of students. We also have a student led societies that organise activities that contribute to the learning experiences of students and community feel.
All students have course, module and personal tutors for academic and pastoral support. In addition the university has a range of student services students can access. For the students with practice placements, there is additional support from a range of qualified staff. Many of our courses score highly in the National Student Survey results for support.
We have a range of clinical skills, simulation and sports facilities that support the learning in our School. Over the last few years money has been invested to upgrade these and this work continues.