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Results from the student survey

Published: 31 May 2021

The first results from the March student survey have arrived. These results refer to SLU as a whole and have been categorised into each campus.

1,229 students completed the survey, which is a response rate of 28 per cent. This is in line with other higher education institutions that conducted student surveys in collaboration with Quicksearch in recent years.

The student survey asked questions on the following topics:

  • Likelihood students would recommend SLU to others
  • Teaching and education
  • Support and service
  • Study climate
  • Online studies

What do these overall results show?

  • Many are proud to be SLU students and would happily recommend their course or programme to others.
  • The number of students likely to recommend the university to others varies between campuses, with students based in Skinnskatteberg most likely to recommend the university.
  • Many survey respondents feel they have chosen the right studies.
  • Many students feel that they lack enough time for reflecting on their studies and that their study-life balance is sub-optimal.
  • On the whole, the majority are satisfied with their academic performance and are often well prepared before classes.
  • There is room for improvement when it comes to the information about courses being made available in good time before courses start – this includes timetables and reading lists.
  • Feedback about teaching staff varied. Many find that their teachers have a positive approach to engaging in dialogues with students. A number of students would like to see clearer feedback from teachers about what is expected from students.
  • The majority – a good 80 per cent – have not noticed any derogatory comments, harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination at SLU over the past year. However, 13 per cent (164 people) state they have noticed it, and of these people, 53 have been the victim themselves. The most common situation is that a student has been exposed during meetings with other students in a teaching context, the second most common being during interactions with teachers.
  • Naturally, the online teaching that has taken place following the outbreak of Covid-19 has affected the students’ situations significantly over the past year, and many additional comments raise this issue. There is great variation in the students’ responses – many have been able to continue their studies in a satisfactory manner, whereas many others have not. There are shortcomings to both the physical and psychosocial work environment for many students as a result of studying from home.

Continued processing and analysis

The results from each programme will be forwarded to the chairs of the programme boards for continued processing and analysis. The results are processed in such a way that no individual student can be identified.

More information about the student survey