The Immigration & International Student Advice (IISA) team very much welcomes your feedback. Acting on feedback from you helps us to improve the service that we provide. We receive feedback on the services that we offer in a variety of formats:
- Feedback cards (these are given to students after appointments, when students collect their new visas and are also available in E001)
- Comments Book (located in E001)
- Via Email
- Online questionnaires sent to students that benefit from our International Arrivals Services
- Questionnaires distributed to students that attend International Welcome Programme.
The University also invited their students to take part in the 2015/16 International Student Barometer Survey. This survey asks international students to share their own experiences and rate their University’s services. This information is then used to benchmark and grade international student provision in education against other participating institutions across the world. Immigration & International Student Advice were delighted to be judged the second best in Wales and fifth worldwide for international support in their area of expertise.
Action taken as a result of feedback
- Following feedback received we are now trialling our drop-in hours at all campuses covering all or part of the lunchtime period between 12-2pm. Hopefully this will improve student access to face to face services.
- During the Student Visa workshop, advisers used to try and complete the Tier 4 (General) form with groups of students. However, due to the number of students with different immigration situations, this led to students getting confused and the workshop becoming overly long and tiring. IISA put in place a new system where advisers help the students create an online account on the Home Office website and help the students start the form on a visit to E001. Students can also come to E001 during our drop-in hours if they have any specific questions about the form prior to their appointment, when the adviser will then check through the whole form.
- We previously received multiple requests for letters for student’s employers regarding information about working whilst a visa and passport are with the Home Office. Due to this feedback, we now include this information on every receipt given to students who submit a visa extension via the IISA team.
- Due to feedback received regarding our Arrival Services, we now offer a free year round taxi service from Cardiff Wales International Airport to our campuses or halls of residence, which is available to all new international students.
- Due to student’s feedback received about the International Welcome Programme, the IISA team now arrange for a catering outlet to be open for breakfast over the initial arrival weekend.
International Welcome Programme
Feedback gathered from September 2015 International Welcome Programme (IWP) attendees show that 99.4% of attendees consider the IWP of benefit and would recommend to others.
In the latest round, the IISA team have received 328 feedback cards commenting on student satisfaction with their service.
The results of these were as follows:
- Very satisfied 234 students
- Satisfied 90 students
- Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied 4 students
- Unsatisfied 0 students
- Very unsatisfied 0 students
Some comments from the students are listed below:
“The service is great.” (Business School student)
“Very nice service and fast service.” (Advanced Technology student)
“The staff really very friendly” (Faculty not stated)
“Through the student service the whole (visa) application was easy and didn’t take long” (Advanced Technology MSc student)
“The service I received it’s excellent.” (Year 1 Business School student)
“Great service/Outstanding/Mind blowing.” (MSc Esd Advanced Technology student)
“It has been a clear and well organised procedure (for a visa application) and I am grateful to the staff who provided these services” (Year 1 Business School student)
“I really am satisfied with the workshop as it provides all the information any student needs. The good thing is that you are allowed to ask any question to satisfy yourself.” (Advanced Technology student)
The IISA team encourage people to come to E001 and leave a message in their Comments Book which is open to everyone to look at in E001. Each message is read by the manager and actioned if there is something that needs to be looked at as a result.
The latest message in the Comments Book reads:
“...It took me a year to get out from Gaza and get my visa in Jordan. This team especially Tim helped me a lot and stand by my side despite my visa refusal”
A previous message reads:
“I’m happy to have such a team in USW. Very kind and helpful and I’m very grateful for this service!”
Exemplary message from December 11
“I would just like to share my story with you all. It’s been a great journey and a great time here in South Wales. I love all the facilities and services and I like to appreciate the efforts of faculty members and of course the International Advice team who gave me useful information and made my journey easy. Once again, I would like to thank all of you for the support.” (Advanced Technology student)
It is possible for the team to sometimes receive unsolicited (voluntary) feedback. In February 2016 the IISA team were made aware of the following message that had been left about them via the Unilife team who asked USW students Why are you happy?
“The staff in the International office are LEGENDS! Their excitement of sharing the beauty of Welsh culture makes me excited to be here, no matter how long I have been here already. They are some of the hardest working team I’ve met and they will always find time to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder.”
“As an international student, it’s good to know there is a team with the enthusiasm of wanting to make sure I am taken care of and that everything is going smoothly. Because studies are only one thing on the list of difficult challenges. But they help share the load and it’s a huge sigh of relief to have them around. Emma and Tim could truly rule the world.”
How to offer feedback
If you would like to offer some feedback, be it praise or constructive criticism, then the IISA team would like to hear from you. Just come to E001 and ask for a feedback card, write a note and drop it into the feedback box, put a message in the 'Comment Book’ or email firstname.lastname@example.org