Qualtrics Report
Student Transitions Survey
September 27th 2017
 

A survey on Qualtrics was conducted to investigate what students are looking to gain from an Alumni Event within their department. A survey link was released to students by email, this correlated 283 responses over the course of approximately 3 weeks. This means that they were, on average, around 94 responses per week.

Q1 - Which department are you in?

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Pure and Applied Chemistry

15.52%

43

2

Computer and Information Sciences

22.02%

61

3

Physics

21.66%

60

4

Mathematics and Statistics

16.25%

45

5

SIPBS

24.55%

68

 

Total

100%

277

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From the first question, it is clear to see that most responses came from Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS). This is to be expected as it is the largest department within the Faculty of Science, hosting around 1200 undergraduates. Their input contributes to just under a quarter of the response from the survey.

Computer and Information Sciences and Physics had a similar level of interaction, where about 60 students from each department filled out the survey. Mathematics and Statistics and Pure and Applied Chemistry came in lowest, but still with at least 43 students responding.

Q2 - What year of study are you in?

#

Answer

%

Count

1

First

30.55%

84

2

Second

26.91%

74

3

Third

19.64%

54

4

Fourth

16.73%

46

5

Fifth

6.18%

17

 

Total

100%

275

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Question 2 saw a decreasing trend of students, where most respondents were First Years and least were in Fifth Year. This is also to be expected as, generally, year groups get smaller throughout the course of university. With a lot of students graduating with their Honours after Year 4.  Since this survey link was released during the Welcome and Development Week, a lot of new first years responded as they are keen to be involved.

Q3 - Have you attended an alumni event hosted by your department in the past? (An alumnus is a former student of Strathclyde, who has graduated.)

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Yes

5.05%

14

2

No

94.95%

263

 

Total

100%

277

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Here, sees just below 95% of students not having attended an alumni event in the past. This could be due to the fact their department hasn’t hosted any before or they have just never been involved. Another possibility could be that a few students have attended an alumni event without realising it was one.

Note : Questions 4 and 5 are only directed to students that answered that they have attended an alumni event in the past.

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Student email

50.00%

7

2

MyPlace

21.43%

3

3

Social Media

14.29%

2

4

Plasma screens in faculty buildings

0.00%

0

5

Posters

0.00%

0

6

Other

14.29%

2

 

Total

100%

14

Q4 - How did you find out about the event?

Picture 3

 

 

Half of the respondents were notified by their student email for the event they attended, which from interviews with departmental staff members, was a primary way of communication. Less common methods seen an event advertised through a MyPlace notification, social media or directly being told by a staff member (in ‘Other’ responses).

 


Q5 - How many attendees do you recall from the event(s) you attended?

#

Answer

%

Count

1

>10

14.29%

2

2

10-20

50.00%

7

3

20-50

35.71%

5

4

50+

0.00%

0

 

Total

100%

14

Picture 4

No more than 50 students were present at any alumni events that a respondent can recall. Exactly half of the students recall around 10-20 other students being present at the events they attended. Whereas others believe 20-50 attended or, in a couple of cases, no more than 10 students were involved.

Q6 - Would you be interested in attending another event of this kind?

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Yes

38.57%

81

2

Maybe

58.10%

122

3

No

3.33%

7

 

Total

100%

210

Picture 5

A majority positive response, with approximately 96% of respondents expressing interest in an alumni event. This makes it clear that most students are keen to attend an upcoming event hosted by their department.

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Certain company attending

25.40%

96

2

Opportunity to network with graduates

33.07%

125

3

Course mates already going

23.54%

89

4

Offering of refreshments

16.40%

62

5

Other

1.59%

6

 

Total

100%

378

Q7 - What would encourage you to attend?

Picture 6

 

Here, students could select multiple options which explains the higher total response rate of 378. Around a third of respondents are interested in the opportunity to network with graduates. This may suggest that an informal approach to an event is more desirable than a wall of communication being between attendants and participating alumni.

Other high scores saw certain companies attending to be of interest and course mates that they can attend with. To achieve what the students are looking for, thought may be put into addressing the variety of alumni attending on the student invite. This means that students know if employees from certain companies are attending or to spark interest in maybe something they are not so familiar with. Offering of refreshments was not too high in demand, which suits the budget intention where light refreshments can be provided.

Other responses included: being told the potential benefits of attending in the invite, successful peoples’ stories, exploring career options, information about PhD and other research opportunities and speaking about graduate employment. These provide a useful foundation to build an event around, trying to include as many of the students’ desires as possible.

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Speed-networking in groups

17.85%

68

2

Presentations

22.31%

85

3

Networking refreshments and stalls set up by alumni

26.51%

101

4

Recruitment processes/advice

32.55%

124

5

Other

0.79%

3

 

Total

100%

381

Q8 - What kind of alumni event would you feel would most benefit you?

Picture 7

Again, this question allowed for multiple choices for respondents to click as many answers as they deemed appropriate. In the results, about a third of students feel that recruitment processes and advice would benefit them the most. This could be achieved in the form of graduates discussing their journey and tips on how to get through the online tests or other barriers. Closely followed by networking refreshments and a stall approach. However, stalls could be seen as intimidating and students who attend may be shy to go up to graduates and start conversation.

Not many students thought that speed-networking in groups would be as useful as other options. This is surprising as a few alumni events in the past has had this approach and the feedback has been very positive. Reasons could be that students have already experienced this kind of networking at a previous alumni event. Alternatively, they may want a one-to-one conversation with the alumni to discuss topics they may not want to speak up in front of their peers about.

Other answers expressed that an individual was unsure what an alumni event was. This may be due to the fact that they have never seen one advertised before. In the invite, it must be made clear that they know what the aims of the event is to avoid people being in the dark. Another individual felt that CV improvement advice would be beneficial to them.

 


Q9 - What information is it you want to gain from alumni?

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Their career path

25.53%

158

2

Company knowledge

14.22%

88

3

Job prospects

24.39%

151

4

Interview techniques

17.29%

107

5

Networking/contacts

18.26%

113

6

Other

0.32%

2

 

Total

100%

619

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From Question 9, approximately half of the respondents want to gain information regarding job prospects and about the alumnis’ career path. The rest of the options were equally desired, which suggests students want to gain as much information as possible from attending an event with a focus on the higher rated choices.

Other responses included: how to start to get an idea of what to do after university, enhancing opportunities and tips on how to get the most out of their university career.

#

Answer

%

Count

1

Yes

20.47%

44

2

Maybe

33.49%

72

3

No

46.05%

99

 

Total

100%

215

 

Q10 - Co-ordinating and planning events is a great addition to your CV and would further develop teamwork and communication skills with professionals. Would you be interested in being part of a team that will organise an alumni event for your Department in January?

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To gauge interest in whether students are wanting to join their departmental committee, this question was included. Just under half of respondents expressed that they did not want to be involved. This is completely fair as they may have other commitments of part-time jobs, sports or are heavily timetabled with a lot of self-study needing to be done. 116 respondents were positive and were warming to the idea of being involved as an addition to their CV.


Q11 - If you are interested, please provide us with your contact details below so we can get in touch:

A great response of 57 students provided their email address and noted their availability. This meant information could be gathered on the spread of students amongst departments and email communication could be established to arrange a first meeting.

The spread of students amongst departments is as follows:

Computer and Information Sciences – 13

Mathematics and Statistics – 10

Physics – 9

SIPBS – 14

Pure and Applied Chemistry – 11

An email has been sent out thanking the respondents for being interested in taking part and that they will be contacted in due course regarding a meeting with their corresponding Project Supporters. A date for the first student committee meeting will be confirmed after meeting with the Project Supporters to discuss survey results and intentions on moving forward.

Summary and Moving Forward

-           The survey saw a great response from first year students, which is ideal for handing over the committee and event planning each year. This means that they can continue to adopt a better approach each year.

-           Aim to get at least one event with over 50 attendants, since this has not happened at any previous alumni events.

-           Student email has been a successful platform of communication in the past between staff and students, can look to extend this.

-           Students desiring an informal networking approach with advice on recruitment processes, alumnis’ career paths, tips on university career and points for their CV.

-           Look to start up student committees after meeting with departmental staff.

-           Draft dates and times for events, to think about booking Insight Institute.

-           Outline a plan for possible alumni/companies for each department and what they can bring to the event.

-           Think about contacting Alumni and Development Office regarding the contact to specific alumni.