Exeter scores high in the National Student Satisfaction Survey

91% of University of Exeter students in their final year are satisfied with the quality of their university course.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) has found that 85% of students are satisfied with their degree, meaning the University of Exeter has maintained its top 10 position for its ninth year, since the survey’s launch.

The University of Exeter usually scores highly on league tables and, in 2012, was deemed “Sunday Times University of the Year 2012/13”.

Professor Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, said:

“We are delighted that our students have once again endorsed their experience of studying at Exeter in such glowing terms. We have retained our place in the top ten, which is testimony primarily to the fantastic support and teaching provided by our committed and talented workforce, but also to the state-of-the-art facilities in which we have heavily invested. Between 2009 and 2016 we are spending £680 million on capital projects designed to enhance the experience of our students and academics. This includes The Forum, which has won a string of awards and provides an excellent hub for our students, including a modern library which students told us they particularly value. Student satisfaction is at the heart of all we do here at Exeter, and all our innovations are guided by consultation with the student population. We are thrilled that they are telling us we are getting it right."

The annual poll, which questioned around 304,000 students, stated that Bath University had the happiest students, with 94% saying they were satisfied with the quality of their degree.

The survey, covering 154 universities and 165 FE colleges, quizzes students on every aspect of their university experience, including teaching, assessment, support and student unions.

Exeter College scored 90% in the poll, with the top FE colleges Ashton-Under-Lyne Sixth Form College in Greater Manchester and Herefordshire and Ludlow College in Hereford getting satisfaction rates of 100%.

John Laramy, Vice Principal, Exeter College, commented:

“This recognition from the students is testament to the high quality teaching, learning and support on offer to higher education students at the college.  We work in partnership with a number of top-class universities to deliver a range of outstanding higher education programmes to over 500 students here in the city and are delighted to have been ranked in the top 20 of all colleges nationally offering higher education in the survey.  This excellent rating reflects the feedback we receive over the year about the quality of our teaching and learning and demonstrates the impact of our continual drive to listen to their views and make improvements to their experience”

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