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Your Campus, Your Say, campaign report written by Vice President Activities, Lauren McCormack

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  • Your Campus,

    Your Say

    The Student Vision for the Kingston University Campus Development Plan

    Lauren McCormack Vice President Activities 2012/13

    Kingston University Students Union

    A full set of results can be requested from KUSU Vice President Activities if required.

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    Your Campus, Your Say: The Student Vision for the Kingston University Campus Development Plan

    1.0 Aims

    2.0 Background

    3.0 Method

    3.1 National Student Survey Feedback

    3.2 Freshers Fayre Ballot Box Student Survey: 20th 21st September 2012

    3.3 Freshers Fayre Learning Spaces Ballot Box Student Survey : 20th 21st September 2012

    3.4 Student Focus Groups on Town House Redevelopment: 14th 26th November 2012

    3.5 Online Student Survey Weds 28th November Friday 7th December

    4.0 Results

    4.1 Town House Redevelopment Conclusions

    4.2 Activities Space Conclusions

    4.3 Learning Space

    5.0 Student priorities

    6.0 KUSU Interim Period

    Appendix

    Appendix A: Freshers Fayre Ballot Box Survey 20th 21st September 2012 Results Graphs

    Appendix B: Student Focus Groups on Town House Redevelopment: 14th 26th November

    2012 Results Graphs

    Appendix C: Online Student Survey: Weds 28th November Friday 7th December Results Graphs

    Appendix D: Meeting with Richard Middleton on the Town House Business Case

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    Your Campus, Your Say: The Student Vision for the Kingston University Campus Development Plan

    1.0 Aims

    To Make life better for Kingston Students by ensuring they are at the heart of the decision making process.

    To gather student feedback on the campus developments and give this to Kingston University to aid in the decisions that will be made.

    To give students the opportunity to voice their opinion not just on the options within the Campus Development Plan but also the facilities and buildings they think there should be at Kingston University.

    2.0 Background

    There is a clear student need for redevelopment of campus facilities within Student activities

    Multiple requests for improved learning and study spaces via course reps

    Evidence from KU staff which emphasises student issues

    The need to determine a new space for KUSU

    The ever changing needs of the students union where we expand into new areas of engagement

    A recognition from the NSS on the need for social, collaborative and student led space

    Following an initial consultation meeting between KUSU and estates on the Town house building in August 2012; KUSU have collected specific student feedback on the Campus Development Plan and the student opinion on facilities and buildings students think should be provided by Kingston University. 3.0 Method

    KUSU is developing a stronger student voice in activities and sought to explore issues of great relevance to students through a variety of methods including Freshers week activities, open office at other campuses, through student leaders within activities and course representatives.

    To create movement in representative structures such as course representatives, faculty forums, Societies Working Group (SWG), Sports Working Action Group (SWAG) and student meetings such as the big students meeting (KUSU AGM).

    From these discussions KUSU felt that a more formal method of data collection was needed and would be beneficial. From September December 2012 KUSU - as the voice of the students gathered data on what students need from their campus to become the 21st century graduate that Kingston University would like them to be.

    The following data collection methods were used: 3.1 National Student Survey Feedback

    Used NSS comments to review campus development opportunities

    Reviewed NSS comments section using key words identified through other surveys

    Divided into common sections

    Purpose was to gain un pointed feedback

    Nationally recognised survey where student satisfaction scores are public and changes can make an impact on public view of Kingston University and KUSU as well as the student experience

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    3.2 Freshers Fayre Ballot Box Student Survey: 20th 21st September 2012

    A ballot style survey was chosen due to its short interaction with students

    It was focussed on first year students

    We aimed at getting a wide perspective and opinion by having open ended questions designed to not lead students to a particular answer

    KUSU also wanted to know what areas of KUSU was important to them by having a tick box question

    This wide perspective would give a foundation of data to warrant further investigation

    Total Responses 652

    3.3 Freshers Fayre Learning Spaces Ballot Box Student Survey : 20th 21st September 2012

    A ballot survey was done to see what types of learning and teaching space and facilities students expected from University

    It was focussed on first year students and had open ended questions

    3.4 Student Focus Groups on Town House Redevelopment: 14th 26th November 2012

    A joint focus group with KU Estates and KUSU was held initially with 23 students which revealed there was more to explore

    Several more focus groups were held with a further 100 students to gain wider student opinion

    Objective was to gain specific targeted student feedback on the Town House Building due to upcoming deadlines on decisions

    Total Responses 126

    3.5 Online Student Survey Weds 28th November Friday 7th December

    This aimed at getting wider student opinion on the potential Town house redevelopment, activities spaces and learning spaces.

    There was more to ask them than the focus groups allowed following the data we received from the freshers surveys and other conversation verbal feedback from students

    More quantative method to record student opinions

    We had an idea of what students wanted, but needed to determine if this was widely and deeply felt

    Total Responses 366

    4.0 Results 4.1 Town House Redevelopment Conclusions Students were asked to comment in all data collection with the exception of the NSS and Freshers Fayre Learning Spaces survey; and explore in great detail the potential Town House redevelopment. The broad nature of some suggestions for KU and other surveys made it difficult for some students to answer the questions as they required more specific information. Clarity of questions asked made it difficult for students to answer due to the lack of information students had.

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    4.1.1 There was strong student support that this building should be student focussed with students at the heart of the redevelopment. Students felt that the changing nature of Higher Education and the addition of a higher cap on fees meant that student recruitment and the Universities image for students were more important than ever before. In addition students expressed concern at the lack of facilities that were truly student focussed and the impact this had on attainment, progression and retention of students at Kingston University.

    97.6% of students from the focus groups thought the building should be student facing -Student focus groups November 2012

    This building should be designed by students for students... Let me design it please -Online Student Survey November-December 2012

    Top 12 things students would like to include in a new Town House Redevelopment: -This is a collaboration of results from both the student focus groups and student online survey where the top 12 were the same but in a slightly different order

    4.1.2 Students strongly supported a space that could be flexible, social, and allowed interaction with both students and staff from all areas of Kingston University Students supported spaces such as cafes, social space and work friendly space where students and staff could collaborate and create a sense of community between staff and students. This partnership working is the subject of extensive work by QAA, HEA, and Universities UK and is a current project between KUSU and ADC (academic Development Centre). There was a strong feeling that Kingston University should have an interface between itself and the community but students strongly felt a flexible space which could invite the community into Kingston University while still showcasing the whole of the Kingston University community would be a better approach.

    It should provide a way to connect all students from across different subject areas as this is currently prohibited by the different campuses. -Online Student Survey November-December 2012

    KUSU bar and social space

    Computer rooms with laptop charging

    Retail outlet

    Cafe

    KUSU offices

    Bookable rooms for group work / societies

    Social space

    Performance space (flexible seating)

    Support (careers, financial, employment)

    Food court

    Large open space (graduation)

    Non academic multi-function rooms

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    99.2% of students who attended focus groups believed the redevelopment should be for all students and staff -Student focus groups November 2012

    I think the building should be student focused, with social spaces and space to showcase student work, not just another building with classrooms and offices. -Online Student Survey November-December 2012

    4.1.3 Students saw KUSU as an integral part of the new redevelopment on the Town House site Students strongly felt that there was a space for all aspects of KUSU including KUSU offices which facilitate democracy representation student activities and student support and ou