Faculty of Arts

NSS 2016: Faculty in Figures

The University of Nottingham's results for the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) are in. The results are the University's best to date and its strongest year-on-year improvement since the NSS began in 2005. Here are some highlights from the Faculty of Arts.


100% overall satisfaction in 3 departments: Music, Theology and Religious Studies and American and Canadian Studies. These were joined by English, CFM, Archaeology, Classics, History, and Philosophy achieving 90% and above.

Music students gave 100% scores for four elements of the survey, namely the enthusiasm of the staff and their ability to make the course interesting, the ability of the course to help with personal confidence, and overall satisfaction. Music students can be seen in action in the weekly term-time lunch time performances, and at Nottingham Lakeside events during the year.

History of Art and Archaeology staff maintain their excellent reputation for teaching and have been given 100% for their ability to explain topics, getting inside the meanings and methods in visual and historical culture, and of human history through the study of material remains respectively. Both staff and students participate in activities at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, through volunteering schemes, and through curation projects, allowing the public to share in the teaching and learning.


Theology and Religious Studies students were 100% satisfied with 13 of the questions they were asked about their student experience. This shows year on year improvements to areas including the intellectual stimulation and assessment of the modules, the organisation of the course, and the personal improvement of communication skills as a result of the teaching.

8, 8 and 718

Our Department of Modern Languages offers eight languages to degree level with a further eight being offered through the Language Centre; this accounts for 718 students in 2015/16. Our students gave us 92% satisfaction for access to IT resources.  This is no small feat with a Nottingham-based student population of 33,435. The NSS does not provide for specific questions about the Year Abroad, but you can see from our #UoNgoingplaces feed how much our current third year students are enjoying themselves.


A small but significant figure, this is the net percent increase in overall satisfaction aggregated across the 14 broad disciplines in the Faculty from 2015 – 2016. Each year we work with our students to improve their experience, working together to increase knowledge and employability skills, and produce excellent graduates.

Posted on Friday 12th August 2016

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