Staffs Uni ‘Most Improved’ in THE Student Experience Survey 2018

Staffordshire University’s improvement in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey is about understanding students’ individual needs and providing wrap around support, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes.

Published with the THE, the survey shows a rise of 4.1 per cent on last year’s score, winning Staffordshire University the ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ at the THE Awards in December.

The University ranked highly for good relationships with teachers, providing fair workloads and small tuition groups and also showed a marked improvement for its links with industry and high quality facilities.

Professor Liz Barnes said: “We’re delighted that the improvements we are making are being recognised by students. Understanding their behaviours and motivations is important as is recognising the challenges they face – a large percentage of our student community are mature and live at home and access the University’s learning facilities in the evenings and weekends.”

“However, we still have a lot to do and must continue to enhance our student experience and their opportunities. Ultimately though our improved performance in the THE Student Experience Survey shows that our brilliant and connected staff are positively impacting on the experience of our students and that gives us reason to feel proud.”

Rankings from the Student Experience Survey are in their 11th year, with research by YouthSight. Find out how scores were allocated, copy and paste the

Staffs Uni ‘Most Improved’ in THE Student Experience Survey 2018

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Librarians Association of Malaysia Launches The Standard for Academic Libraries at AGM

The 63rd Annual General meeting  of  the Librarians Association  of Malaysia (PPM)  was  held on 26 March 2018 at the Great Hall of Universiti  Putra Malaysia. Three staff from DISTED Library, Fairunizan Akbar Malik, Nurul Anisah bt. Mohamed Sultan  and Rashidah Begum Fazal Mohamed are professional members of the Association.

The  meeting  was attended  by more than 300 members from throughout Malaysia. In her opening remarks the President of the Association,  Dato  Nafisah Ahmad, who is also the Director General of the National Library of Malaysia, spoke about the need for Librarians to make themselves even more visible in the various environments they operate in. The high level of Library services that are being currently provided by the various kinds of Libraries was one of the reasons that Malaysia was chosen to host the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 24-30 August 2018.

During the  meeting,  several publications were launched.  These included the 2018 edition of University Library Standards which can be used as a reference source for academic libraries in the public and  private sector  in Malaysia, Handbook of Librarians Association of Malaysia and the PPM journal 2017.

Another very important initiative was also launched. This was the  National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) document for jobs in the Library and information sector. NOSS is established by the Department of Skills Development under the purview of the Malaysia Ministry of Human Resources. It is a document that underlines and specifies competencies needed by a skilled worker who is gainfully employed in Malaysia for an occupational area and level, and pathway to achieve the competencies. NOSS  for the Library and information sector is being developed by Librarians Association of Malaysia together with the National Library of Malaysia for industry practitioners and skilled workers based on occupational needs and career structure in the Library and information sector.

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Activity Based Learning – Let’s Get Out From The Classroom!

The students of Entrepreneurship Development planned a series of activity based learning as part of their coursework project. Breaking the routine of traditional classroom learning, the coursework was designed to engage students to be more participative and take ownership of their learning progress. The students are divided into 5 groups and were put in charge to organise activities linked to the spirit of entrepreneurship.

On 29 January, the group has an up-close and personal session with a local entrepreneur, Miss Choo who founded Medix Lab in 1993. The session started with Miss Choo sharing her ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. In the Q&A session, she also provided insights on how she sustained her business in the midst of tight competition from well established labs like Path Lab. In addition she also emphasised the need of providing differentiated and quality service to customers. A tour to the lab facility was conducted and the session was wrapped up with a group photo.

Next, a Heritage Hunt was organised on the 5th February. The students went about selecting a local business at Penang Heritage area and were given the task of producing a video promoting the unique features of the business.

The third group organised a business pitching session. Each group was given 1.5 hours to come up with a new service offering and pitch their idea to the rest of their friends who acted as the role of “customers”. During the session, their idea was being challenged and the best group with the best idea won.


On 1 March, the group went for a Perseverance Hike, the hike started from Youth Park and ended at Point 3. The purpose of the hike is to emphasize the spirit of “perseverance and team work” in the journey of entrepreneurship. The mission of the hike is “No one was to be left behind, even one has to be carried up to the destination”. Overall the hike was a great success as everyone made it to the destination and some even went an extra mile to reach Point 5.

Last but not least, to wrap the activity based learning session, Group 5 organised a series of challenges that emphasised on the value of team work, attention to details, execution intelligence and effective resource allocation which are essentials ingredients of a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.