Essex: University of Essex students rank their education in UK’s top two

University of Essex Wivenhoe campus

University of Essex Wivenhoe campus - Credit: Archant

Students at the University of Essex have given a massive vote of approval to their degree courses with record scores in the National Student Survey placing the university second in the UK.

Overall satisfaction ratings rose 93% compared to the national average of 85%, meaning Essex has come out second among more than 100 universities.

The university achieved record scores in every category with a rise of 8% for satisfaction with assessment and feedback to 76%, and an increase from 78 to 84% satisfaction with personal development.

Vice chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “We are delighted that our commitment to offering an outstanding education is appreciated by our students.

“We are putting our money where our mouth is, with a £200million investment in our facilities. Over the last three years the university has started work on a £26m student centre and library extension at its Colchester campus to be opened in 2014, a £22m student village with 650 bed spaces on the Meadows at the Colchester campus, and a £23m academic and public library and learning centre at our Southend campus, opening in September.”

Nine out of 10 students were satisfied with the teaching on their course, 85% were satisfied with academic support and satisfaction with the Students’ Union came in at 74%.

Becky Fisher, Students’ Union president, said she was pleased with the increase in overall satisfaction.

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“As the representative body of students at Essex we work closely with the university, both in terms of encouraging student feedback in this survey and in delivering services and support that have a positive impact on the student experience,” she said.