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National Student Survey 2016: 86% of students satisfied with course

Aug 12, 2016

National Student Survey 2016: 86% of students satisfied with course This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) suggests that most students are happy with their course.

The survey, an annual occurrence since 2005, measures student satisfaction with course areas such as teaching, assessment, support and resources. Results are added to the Unistats tool in early autumn, allowing prospective students to compare data on different university courses.

This year the NSS was completed by more than 300,000 UK students in their final year of undergraduate study, with 86% saying they were satisfied with their course overall. It’s the second time that the NSS has included the views of students in England paying £9,000 a year in tuition fees. Student satisfaction levels will be one of the factors considered by the government when determining whether an institution could be eligible to charge higher (up to £9,250 a year) tuition fees.

Keele University and the University of St Andrews were joint first among bigger institutions, with 94% of the respondents from each university satisfied with their course. They were closely followed by Aberystwyth University, Liverpool Hope UniversityBishop Grosseteste University and Harper Adams University - all of which scored 92%.

Out of the small, specialist institutions rated, the University of Buckingham and the University of Law came out on top, with 97% of their respondents reporting course satisfaction. They were closely followed by St Mary’s University College, at 95%, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, at 94%.

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