At the University, we work actively with our quality assurance. One important part of this work is to ensure that students are involved in the development of education. Student influence is also something which the University is required by law to promote.
It is of great importance to Halmstad University and our quality work that the courses given at the University are evaluated by our students. All courses are evaluated through the same procedure, based on guidelines from the Research and Education Board.
Halmstad University uses a model called the course ambassador model in the quality control system of Halmstad University. This model is used for all course evaluations and aims to strengthen the student’s engagement throughout the courses and in the evaluation process.
The Course Ambassador Model – step by step
1. At the start of the course – the previous course evaluation is presented and new ambassadors are selected.
- At the start of each course, the teacher reports on the results of the previous year's course evaluation and ensures that 2–4 students become course ambassadors. At this occasion the students will receive more information on what the role as a course ambassadors entails.
2. Compilation of course-specific questions
- By the end of each course the examiner together with the course ambassadors compile course-specific questions. Suggestions to these questions can be shared through a closed forum in Blackboard, in a physical meeting or via other communication channels. It is of high importance that the course ambassadors can contribute with questions from their specific course.
3. Course evaluation survey is sent out
- At Halmstad University we use a digital course evaluation tool for all course evaluations. All course evaluations are made anonymously and do not effect your grade. A link to the course evaluation survey is sent out during the last week of the course, and you will have 12 days to submit your answers.
4. The final evaluation
- When the students' answers have been compiled in the questionnaire system, the course ambassadors and the examinator analyze the results. This can be done through a physical meeting or via digital communication tools. This discussion and its conclusions as well as the examiner's discussion with the teacher form the basis for the examiner's comment in the questionnaire.
- Each student will receive the final course evaluation report via email.
Influence your education
There are different forms of student influence, but in essence this is a matter of the university encouraging, supporting and highlighting students’ commitment to issues surrounding education and study situation.
Student influence is about you as a student being involved, having your say and taking responsibility for decisions affecting students; a collective student influence. Student influence thus concerns individual students’ commitment and the students who are involved in the Student Union.
Contact the Student Union if you want to get involved!
Influencing the University’s decisions
At the University, students have the right to representation in decision-making and drafting processes of significance to education or students’ situation; this applies both to the drafting and decision-making of an individual and decisions made by groups of people.
The Student Union and the University decide together which decision-making and drafting bodies the students can be involved in and how many representatives are required. In decisions made by a group of people, the number of student representatives must be a minimum of three, pursuant to the Higher Education Ordinance. Exceptions may only be made under special circumstances, taking into account the total number of board members in the group.
As a student representative you get the chance to make your voice heard in decision-making processes.