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Student Satisfaction: Still On Top

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Bangor University places in UK’s Top 15 for student satisfaction

Results from the annual independent National Student Survey (NSS), which is completed by students each year, has placed Bangor University among the UK’s top 15 universities. Bangor University students gave an overall satisfaction rating of 90%, rivalling such institutes as Oxford and Cambridge University.

This is now the third year in a row Bangor University has delivered such a high level of student satisfaction with senior staff at the university putting the success down to the high standard of teaching and individual’s student experience.

“These results reflect the excellent standard of teaching available at Bangor University and are a wonderful endorsement of our activities and our values. The data should provide valuable information to prospective students.” – Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

The survey showed the university placing 4th in the UK for the academic support given to students; and placed in the top 20 for both teaching and the feedback given from assessment work.

Seven subjects at the university achieved a 100% satisfaction rate from their students, placing them at the top of their subject table in the UK: English Studies; Geology; Journalism; Linguistics; Medical Technology; Music; and Ocean Sciences.

Journalism is 1st in the UK for the third consecutive year.

A further seven subject areas are top 10 in the UK: Psychology (placing 4th in UK); Electronic Engineering; Agriculture; Media Studies; Finance; Philosophy; and Iberian Studies.

Impressively, seven degree programmes have achieved 100% student satisfaction: BA English; BA English with Creative Writing; BA Astudiaethau Plentyndod; LLB Law (2 years); BSc Diagnostic Radiography; BSc Geological Oceanography; and MEng Electronic Engineering.

The results of the NSS survey are drawn from a poll of around 500,000 who are entering their last year at a university in the UK. The survey provides universities and prospective students with the most comprehensive feedback on the student’s experience at each university including feedback on the school, course, degree programme and areas such as teaching and assessment.

Along with academic feedback, Bangor University prides itself on the sporting club and society programme that offers students free access to join sport teams and societies. This is said to have aided the overall student satisfaction at Bangor University.

“The fact that you can join any club for free means an easy way of release from your studies so you don’t get too stressed out. I can always relieve my stress through sport and the fact that I can meet new people through sport means I have a good network of friends I can rely on.” – Jade, a third year English student at Bangor

Professor Turnbull added: “Our repeated success is an impressive result for us as an institution, and I would like to thank our recent graduates for giving our University such positive feedback. Many, many staff across our University have made this possible again, and are to be congratulated. They include not only the academics who deliver lectures, but the technical staff who run laboratories, the PhD students who assist with tutorials, our administrators, Student Services, International Office, Students’ Union, IT and Library staff, Security staff, staff in Halls, and in Estates in general – and many, many others.”

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