Leicester Top After Oxbridge for Student Satisfaction

Posted by am74 at Aug 17, 2011 11:20 AM |
Leicester maintains excellence from very inception of National Student Survey

A national survey of student satisfaction with their universities has placed Leicester top after Oxbridge out of 120 mainstream public universities.

Leicester was the top university in the region in this major independent survey of undergraduate students and narrowly scored behind the universities of Oxford and Cambridge for all aspects of the student experience.

The government initiated independent National Student Survey (NSS) has been carried out each year since 2005 to capture the educational experience of students. The NSS covers seven areas including teaching, assessment, support, management and resources. In 2011 around 265,000 final-year students from across the UK responded to the survey. The results of the survey provide valuable information for prospective students, and help universities and colleges to further improve the education they provide.

Students from Physics, American Studies, Geology and Social Policy ranked their disciplines among the best in the country. In Genetics, 100% of students were satisfied with their course.

The University also scored highly on the question about library resources and services, a reflection on the University's flagship development, the £36 million David Wilson Library.

Leicester’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, said the University’s high student satisfaction rating reflected its strong focus on attending to students’ needs and providing them with the best support and facilities.

He said: “The NSS results prove once again that Leicester is fulfilling its aim of being a top university with world-class teaching. It clearly succeeds in providing the kind of student-centred environment that satisfies the needs of students from all backgrounds. I am particularly pleased to see that students feel our staff exude enthusiasm for their discipline, teach it very well, and are there for the students when they need them.

“As universities enter a new era of higher education, the need to be more customer-focussed, and to anticipate, as well as respond to, the needs of students, is paramount. Leicester is well placed to meet these challenges.”

Alex Nutt, Academic Affairs Officer in the Students’ Union, said: “Being in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive year is a fantastic achievement for the University and shows how much students deeply value their time here at Leicester. Leicester has shown extremely high student satisfaction which demonstrates the University's commitment to high quality teaching, resources and support. In this difficult time for Higher Education it is more important than ever for students to be satisfied with their institution and it is great to see that students really enjoy their time here at Leicester.”

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Notes to Editors:

Here are the top 20 mainstream public universities. The number is the average score out of 5 given by respondents to the 22 questions of the NSS

Oxford (University of)  4.28        
Cambridge (University of)  4.28        
Leicester (University of)  4.17        
Loughborough University  4.15        
Durham (University of)  4.13        
Bath (University of)  4.11        
St Andrews (University of)  4.11        
Glasgow (University of)  4.10        
Keele University  4.10        
Aberystwyth University  4.09        
Exeter (University of)  4.08        
Huddersfield (University of)  4.08        
Bristol (University of)  4.07        
York (University of)  4.07        
Lancaster University  4.07        
Newcastle University  4.07        
Surrey (University of)  4.07        
Brunel University  4.06        
Sheffield (University of)  4.06        
Bangor University   4.06        

Unistats Website: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

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