Magazine article Times Higher Education

NSS Cooperation Withheld over Module Demands

Magazine article Times Higher Education

NSS Cooperation Withheld over Module Demands

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A group of students at the University of Manchester is hoping to force through changes to the institution's economics curriculum by threatening to give it negative feedback on the National Student Survey.

The Post-Crash Economics Society has been campaigning for economics courses at Manchester to give more prominence to alternative theories following the 2008 financial crash. It is now urging students to not fill in the NSS until the university makes a decision regarding Bubbles, Panics and Crashes, a module that the society wants to be offered for credit on undergraduate courses from next year.

A post on the society's Facebook page calls on "all third year students to hold fire on filling in their NSS" until a decision is reached.

"NSS is designed to point out to the university where its failings in undergraduate teaching lie," the post continues. "If [the university] decides to accept this course as a module it will be demonstrating its dedication to its students and its ability to listen, recognise its failures and respond to the world around it...If it rejects this module the opposite will be true.

"We believe that the result of this decision should have a bearing on how we rate the university in the NSS. …

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