The 2016 National Student Survey results are out. Despite the recent hike in tuition fees, 86% of students are still satisfied with their course overall.
312,000 final-years across the country took part in the NSS survey. It found that Keele University and the University of St Andrews are the highest rated universities this year. This however, excludes small and specialist institutions.
The University of Buckingham and University of Law officially top the table with a student satisfaction of 97%.
London students are some of the least satisfied. The report highlights that half of the bottom 20 scoring universities are based in the city. LSE (London School of Economics and Politics) came a mere 155th place out of 160, with 1 in 4 students deeming that they were not satisfied at all with their course. The University of Edinburgh joins LSE in such a low score.
What does the National Student Survey mean?
The National Student Survey is extremely important for both universities and those choosing where to study. These stats show up on comparison tables and are often also promoted by the universities themselves. Therefore, they can prove to be vital in ensuring the future of the institution. Students want a well taught degree after all!
What’s interesting to see is where the Russel Group universities rank. They’re renowned for exceptional research, however, 25% of them have below-average satisfaction. UCL, Kings College London and University of Edinburgh all fall below 100th place.
The general trend is that modern universities and smaller, technical institutions generally receive a higher satisfaction. Coventry University and Lincoln University are the highest modern universities (post 1992) on the table. At the moment, students must therefore choose if they’d prefer to be taught well or be surrounded by ground-breaking discoveries. It seems that the two just don’t combine.
“Very few universities combine both a high-quality learning experience and research excellence, but a particular type of university can demonstrate these twin tracks of excellence,” said Adam Child, senior policy and strategy officer at Lancaster University, to the Times Higher Education.
The future of universities is unknown, however, if the traditional schools keep falling behind in student satisfaction, we’re going to see a real change in UK Higher Education.