Student satisfaction on the up at Nottingham

06 Sep 2011 12:13:20.413

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Students at The University of Nottingham are happier than ever before with the teaching, facilities and opportunities available to them, according to the nation’s largest student satisfaction survey.

The National Students Survey (NSS) asks students from every higher education provider in the UK to rate their educational experience across 22 question areas.

Everything from teaching, assessment and feedback to the learning resources available and students own personal development is measured to see how each University is adapting to meet their student’s needs.

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With improvements in 17 of the 22 questions asked, The University of Nottingham has once again seen an improvement in its overall result – a satisfaction score of 87 per cent.

The result leaves Nottingham in 42nd place nationwide and tenth among Russell Group institutions – a group of 20 leading UK universities, committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector -

Following significant improvements each year since 2009, the University is pleased with the results but remains committed to achieving a top 20 position in the NSS league table, with 90% of students expressing overall satisfaction with their course by 2015.

Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, explained: “The University believes it is extremely important to involve our students in assuring the continued excellence of our educational provision.

“The NSS is one of a number of means by which we gain information and views from students: together with surveys on individual teachers, modules, and services; the NSS provides us with a rounded view of the student experience that both confirms the high quality of that experience and allows us to make improvements where necessary,” he continued.

“The University has made and continues to make large investments in our educational facilities and we have responded to any concern expressed by students to improve their educational arrangements both in individual disciplines and at University level.”

Prof Tendler now hopes to see future applicants using the NSS to determine where and what to study as the results continue to gain increasing weight in University league tables and course by course ratings are made available online -

He concluded: “Greater prominence for the NSS results can be expected nationally, not least through the Key Information Sets being provided for all courses, and we would hope that higher education applicants will combine such data with other appropriate sources of information to make informed choices.”

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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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