August 9, 2017, by Meghan Gray

2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results

Professor Michael MerrifieldGuest post by Prof Michael Merrifield, Head of School

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) were published today. This survey is conducted among all graduating students every year, in which they answer a whole series of questions about their experience at university, ranging from how good the staff were at explaining things to whether the library had the facilities that they needed. We eagerly await these results, partly because we know that prospective students use these data to help assess where they might apply to university (and we’d like the good ones to come here!), but mainly because they give a good indication of how well we have done our jobs.

And we were very pleased to find that we have done extremely well in the eyes of our graduating students. The final summary question that all students answer, which gives a good overall benchmark, is whether or not they agree with the statement “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course.” This year, 96% of the students completing the survey agreed with this statement, building from 92% in 2015 and 94% in 2016, and against a national average in all subjects at all universities of 84%.

It’s a little hard to compare universities this year, as at 12 universities fewer than 50% of students took part in the survey due to an NUS boycott, so were not included in the final results. You also have to be careful when interpreting the results because sometimes the number of students answering a question is quite small, so a single person changing their vote can have a significant effect on the final percentage. However, keeping these caveats in mind, we can look at the responses from individual physics departments who did participate this year to see how they fare:

Percentage of Students Overall Satisfied with their Physics Course in NSS 2017

 

 

 

 

Rank

University

Percent
Agree

Number of
Responses

1=

University of Keele

100%

26

1=

University of the West of Scotland

100%

14

3

University of Southampton

99%

73

4=

University of Lancaster

97%

60

4=

Nottingham Trent University

97%

66

4=

Swansea University

97%

63

7=

University of Nottingham

96%

98

7=

University of Leicester

96%

96

7=

University of Salford

96%

28

7=

University of St Andrews

96%

55

11

Royal Holloway, University of London

95%

40

12

The Open University

94%

79

13

The University of Birmingham

93%

114

14

Queen Mary University of London

92%

51

15=

University of Aberdeen

91%

13

15=

Aberystwyth University

91%

36

15=

University of Exeter

91%

106

15=

University of Hertfordshire

91%

33

15=

Queen’s University of Belfast

91%

52

15=

University of Warwick

91%

72

21=

University of Durham

90%

133

21=

University of Leeds

90%

80

23=

University of Bath

89%

70

23=

University of Strathclyde

89%

39

23=

University of Surrey

89%

87

23=

University of Sussex

89%

61

27=

Cardiff University

88%

58

27=

University of Dundee

88%

10

27=

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

88%

16

27=

University of Portsmouth

88%

16

27=

University of York

88%

96

32

Loughborough University

87%

55

33

Heriot-Watt University

86%

36

34

University of Hull

84%

33

35

University of Glasgow

83%

86

36

University of Edinburgh

78%

85

37

University of Kent

71%

80

38=

University of Central Lancashire

70%

10

38=

University College London

70%

98

40

Imperial College London

67%

130

41

Kingston University

50%

10

Posted in AdmissionsNewsStudent Life