May 15, 2014, by Emma Rayner

Top 10 place for Nottingham in national poll of student experience

The University of Nottingham has entered the top 10 in a national survey asking students to rate their higher education experience.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey is an annual survey based on responses from more than 14,000 full-time undergraduate students across the UK and provides an alternative picture of student satisfaction to the National Student Survey (NSS).

Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar of The University of Nottingham, said that the University’s 10th place ranking was a vote of confidence from its students.

He added: “We aim to offer an outstanding student experience across all our campuses – in the UK, Malaysia and China –  in all aspects of student life and this result confirms that we are providing students with what they really value, including top class teaching , excellent learning facilities, a wonderful Students’ Union and great employment prospects.”

The survey looks beyond the usual definition of student experience — comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback — to a broader definition created by students themselves that include aspects of university life that matters to them. Students are asked to rate their institutions in 21 categories including the quality of the social life and standard of accommodation.

John Gill, editor of the THE, said: “Universities are spending ever more time and money trying to get the ‘student experience’ right, as they face competition for students not just locally and nationally but also internationally.

“Now in its ninth year, the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience polls student opinion on 21 aspects of university life and highlights the institutions that are getting certain things right.”

Visit the Times Higher Education website for the full results of the survey.

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