Surveys

The Office of Quality and Performance (OQP) administers a range of surveys to continually improve learning, teaching and student experience, as per the strategic objectives identified in the Securing Success, 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (opens in a new window).

For a complete list of surveys, please consult our Survey Calendar (PDF, 106.88 KB) (opens in a new window). Information about our key collections is provided below.

If you have questions about a particular survey or plan to conduct one, please get in touch with the Survey team at surveys@westernsydney.edu.au.

Western Sydney University Surveys

Student Feedback on Units Survey

The Student Feedback on Units (SFU) survey collects student feedback on units of study to evaluate and improve the quality of student learning. The SFU was redesigned in 2017 and now contains ten multiple choice and two text response questions. Students are asked to rate the following aspects of learning:

  • Learning activities
  • Learning materials
  • Assessments
  • Opportunities for Collaboration
  • Technology
  • Help and advice
  • Workload
  • Critical and analytical skills
  • Work-related skills
  • Overall satisfaction

A copy of the revised SFU items is available here (PDF, 66.01 KB) (opens in a new window). see SFU & SFT FAQS (opens in a new window) for more details.

Student Feeback on Teaching Survey

The Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) survey collects student feedback on their teachers for each unit. The confidential survey results are used by teaching staff to learn about their teaching effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.
As of Term 2, 2017, the SFT has transitioned from paper to an online survey. A full rollout of the online survey will occur in Spring 2017. Staff will no longer need to log on to order paper SFT forms. The survey will be made available to students in vUWS.
A copy of the revised SFT items is available here (PDF, 60.98 KB) (opens in a new window). See SFU & SFT FAQs (opens in a new window) for more details.

National Surveys

Each year, the University participates in a number of national surveys. The suite of surveys used for the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) (opens in a new window) helps the University improve learning and teaching outcomes while benchmarking its performance in comparison to other institutions. QILT comprises the following surveys:

  • Student Experience Survey – The SES is run in August each year. The results give the University and Government insight into students' experiences to help monitor and improve teaching and learning in Australia.
  • Graduate Outcomes Survey –  The GOS is completed four months after graduation and collects information on the short-term employment outcomes and further study activities of recent graduates.
  • Graduate Outcomes Survey-Longitudinal – The GOS-L supplements the GOS by collecting information on medium-term employment outcomes 3 years after graduation. The results show how employment status and salary can change for graduates over time.
  • Course Experience Questionnaire – The CEQ is completed in conjunction with the GOS, and allows students to provide information on their study experiences at the University. It evaluates students' perceptions of teaching quality, skills improvement and overall satisfaction.
  • Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire – The PREQ is conducted annually and targets all graduating students who have completed research degrees. It evaluates areas including supervision, intellectual climate, skills development, infrastructure, thesis examination, clarity of goals and overall satisfaction.
  • Employer Satisfaction Survey – The ESS seeks feedback from supervisors of recent graduates on the generic skills, technical skills and work readiness of the graduate they employ. The results indicate the quality of the University's education in preparing students for the workforce.

For more information about these surveys, results and privacy arrangements, see the QILT (opens in a new window) website.