UCS, University of Essex, UEA and Anglia Ruskin all delighted by their National Student Survey results

UCS Waterfront building, Ipswich Campus

UCS Waterfront building, Ipswich Campus - Credit: Archant

Universities in our region are celebrating their performance in a national survey of student satisfaction.

University Campus Suffolk, the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia have all improved on their scores from last year, while those studying at Anglia Ruskin praised the enthusiasm of their teachers.

The National Student Survey asks final year students for their thoughts on the institution they study at each year and compiles league tables from the information.

UCS has improved upon its satisfaction rate from 2014, rising three percentage points to 84%.

Satisfaction with the student union at the university also rose, from 64% to 66%.

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Richard Lister, Provost and chief executive of UCS, said “We are pleased the NSS results have recognised the work we are doing to make UCS an enjoyable, creative and successful place to learn and study.

“We are improving year on year and are doing well particularly in comparison with other recently created institutions – just looking at universities in England established since 2006 we come out third in the table for student satisfaction.”

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Three subjects at UCS (graphic design and history at Ipswich and sociology at Lowestoft) scored 100% in overall student satisfaction.

Meanwhile the University of Essex and UEA have been ranked joint second, alongside the universities of Winchester and Surrey, in the league table of mainstream institutions.

That does not include small or specialist (such as veterinary) colleges, private colleges or further education institutions.

Professor David Richardson, UEA vice-chancellor, said: “Scoring so highly for satisfaction is testament to the efforts of academic and support staff as well as the student union and of course the students themselves in making UEA a top-class place to live and study.”

University of Essex Students’ Union President Adrian Chira said: “We are committed to being the world’s most student-centred organisation so we are thrilled to see such positive feedback from our students.

“We are working together with the University to invest in our facilities and services and we are excited that in the past year more students than ever before have joined our societies, taken part in sport clubs, volunteered through our vTeam and participated in our events.”

At Anglia Ruskin students said staff were enthusiastic about what they teach.

Professor Roderick Watkins, deputy vice chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “We’re thrilled that our lecturers are recognised as being enthusiastic and interesting.

“Inspired students go on to be successful and it is great to know our teaching is making a difference.”

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