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National Student Survey 2013: 85% of graduates satisfied with university

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National Student Survey

Amongst all the controversy surrounding higher education in the UK, the latest edition of the National Student Survey has revealed that 85% of all UK students are satisfied with their overall university experience.

Close to 304,000 final-year students responded to the annual survey, which assesses the way that students feel about their university career before joining the job hunt as graduates. This year, the University of Bath was rated as the providing the most satisfactory university experience with an overall satisfaction rate of 94%.

Bath finished narrowly ahead of a group of universities that sat on 93% in this year’s National Student Survey, which included the universities of Buckingham and Keele, both of which are campus universities. The University of Cambridge ended on 92% – the same as the Open University – with Oxford finishing just behind on 91%.

Sir Alan Langlands, chief executive of HEFCE, said:

“These strong results continue to demonstrate the high-quality student experience provided by universities and colleges in the UK. The NSS provides crucial information which informs student choices but drives improvements in learning and teaching across the sector.”

Overall, satisfaction rates remained at an all-time high, equalling last year’s overall satisfaction rate of 85%. The standard of teaching was deemed to have stayed level, polling 86%. There were improvements in satisfaction with university’s organisation and management (78%) and departments charting personal development (82%).

Student satisfaction scores for assessment and feedback also increased by two percentage points this year, rising to 72 per cent. For the second time, student unions were also assessed, with overall satisfaction scores rising a single point to 67 per cent.

Janet Beer, chair of the HE Public Information Steering Group, said: “It is particularly pleasing to see the increase in the numbers of students participating in the survey and that the improvements in the areas of assessment, feedback and learning resources are being maintained.”

Institution name
Student Satisfaction (%)
Anglia Ruskin University79
Aston University89
University of Bath94
Bath Spa University87
University of Bedfordshire80
Birkbeck College86
University of Birmingham88
Birmingham City University82
University College Birmingham85
Bishop Grosseteste University85
University of Bolton78
Arts University Bournemouth87
Bournemouth University80
University of Bradford85
University of Brighton86
University of Bristol87
Brunel University87
University of Buckingham93
Buckinghamshire New University78
University of Cambridge92
Canterbury Christ Church University85
University of Central Lancashire84
University of Chester88
University of Chichester85
City University, London86
Courtauld Institute of Art76
Coventry University90
University for the Creative Arts73
University of Cumbria83
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama87
De Montfort University83
University of Derby86
University of Durham90
University of East Anglia93
University of East London79
Edge Hill University87
Institute of Education97
University of Essex93
University of Exeter91
Falmouth University79
University of Gloucestershire80
Goldsmiths' College88
University of Greenwich86
Guildhall School of Music & Drama81
Harper Adams University90
University of Hertfordshire80
Heythrop College86
University of Huddersfield86
University of Hull90
Imperial College London87
Keele University93
University of Kent90
King's College London81
Kingston University80
Lancaster University90
University of Leeds87
Leeds College of Art85
Leeds Metropolitan University81
Leeds Trinity University86
University of Leicester89
University of Lincoln84
University of Liverpool88
Liverpool Hope University82
Liverpool John Moores University84
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts72
University of the Arts London74
University College London84
London School of Economics and Political Science88
London Metropolitan University72
London South Bank University82
Loughborough University88
University of Manchester85
Manchester Metropolitan University84
Middlesex University82
University of Newcastle upon Tyne90
Newman University91
University of Northampton88
University of Northumbria at Newcastle86
Norwich University of the Arts88
University of Nottingham88
Nottingham Trent University86
Open University92
School of Oriental and African Studies88
University of Oxford91
Oxford Brookes University87
University of Plymouth86
University of Portsmouth88
Queen Mary, University of London89
Ravensbourne64
University of Reading89
Roehampton University86
Rose Bruford College87
Royal Academy of Music88
Royal Agricultural University84
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama85
Royal College of Music80
Royal Holloway, University of London89
Royal Northern College of Music91
Royal Veterinary College89
St George's Hospital Medical School78
University of St Mark and St John90
St Mary's University College85
University of Salford79
University of Sheffield90
Sheffield Hallam University83
University of Southampton87
Southampton Solent University77
Staffordshire University83
Universities of East Anglia and Essex; Joint Provision at University Campus Suffolk83
University of Sunderland84
University of Surrey92
University of Sussex89
Teesside University85
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance81
University of Warwick87
University of the West of England, Bristol86
The University of West London80
University of Westminster80
University of Winchester89
University of Wolverhampton83
University of Worcester85
Writtle College84
University of York89
York St John University88
Brighton and Sussex Medical School95
Hull and York Medical School88
Medway School of Pharmacy97

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.


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