The University of Nottingham has jumped 12 places in the National Student Survey rankings — from 42nd to 30th place, with an overall satisfaction score of 87 per cent. The University rose in the assessment and feedback, personal development and academic support aspects of the survey, which polls all final year students at UK universities on their student experience.
The rise in the national rankings reflects continued staff efforts to respond to student feedback highlighted in the survey in previous years. Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University, thanked all students responding to this year’s survey, and congratulated staff on the significant improvements made.
“Quality teaching, feedback and academic support are essential components of an outstanding student experience,” Professor Tendler said. “The fact that we have listened to our students and made positive changes in these areas is very satisfying. Colleagues in Student Communications and the Student’s Union have worked with those in Schools and Departments across the University through the duration of the survey to ensure that final year students are aware of the NSS and of the importance of getting their voice heard. At the same time it is vital that staff across the institution continue to raise our performance in areas assessed by the survey. This ensures that the student response is as wide-reaching as possible, and that we have the best possible platform from which to make positive changes to the student experience.”
“The University has an international reputation for the high quality of its teaching, but improvements can always be made. We have targets outlined in the University Plan to reach an overall rank of at least 20th by 2014-15, with an overall satisfaction score of 90 per cent. This very pleasing result helps us to achieve this important goal.”
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.