View guides

Student satisfaction at an all time high

Posted by Tom Walker in

Student satisfaction is at an all time high, according to results from the latest annual National Student Survey. The yearly survey, rolled out to all final-year students by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), noted that 86% of students expressed satisfaction with their course, an increase from the 85% in 2013.

The results highlighted the universities of Belfast, St. Andrews, Keele and Bath as all ranking top for satisfaction - interesting give that those institutions are all campus-orientated. Ranking at the bottom were the University for the Arts London, London Metropolitan University and University for the Creative Arts. Overall, there was a 71% response rate from students, which is the highest since the survey began in 2004. Responses were taken from the estimated 321,000 final-year students enrolled at one of the 165 higher education institutions, 3 private institutions and 166 further education colleges that exist within the UK.

Results also indicate that whilst 'teaching' was ranked highest of the six categories, with 87% of students saying they are satisfied with their course (a 1% increase from last year), 'assessment and feedback' was again ranked the lowest, staying at just 72%. Universities minister Greg Clark says: "It is vital that higher education institutions further enhance teaching quality and improve the experience they offer to students."

Image courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons