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."