Mon, 5 Dec 2011
The University of East Anglia has been voted top English university, and the best in the UK for its accommodation and Student Union, in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
More than 10,000 students were surveyed by the university comparison website Whatuni, published by Hotcourses.
The university appears in the top ten of all nine of the awards’ categories, and is in the top three for the categories covering courses and lecturers, university facilities, and clubs and societies.
Professor Tom Ward, UEA’s pro-vice-chancellor with responsibility for the student experience, said: “Everyone at UEA will be delighted by the news that we have won the overall Student Choice Award again. This is a reflection of the great efforts that our staff and our students make to ensure that UEA provides an excellent educational experience. This also reflects the work done by our Students’ Union, both as partners in education and in providing a huge range of social, cultural, and sporting activities."
Mike Elms, founder and CEO of Whatuni, said: “UEA has performed outstandingly in this year’s Student Choice Awards. Not only was the university rated top overall, it also achieved consistently high ratings in each of the nine award categories.
“At a time of unprecedented change in higher education, student experience continues to rate high on the list of deciding factors for students searching for a university, and the Student Choice Awards are intended to provide an alternative league table, based exclusively on the opinions of the students themselves. Students at UEA are clearly extremely happy with their university experience, and the university should be enormously proud of this great result”.
Students submitted their opinions on a first name only or anonymous basis on the Whatuni website. Current students and recent graduates highlighted the important points about their time at UEA, writing comments such as: “I literally had the time of my life. It was a fantastic experience. The University was great, I loved the city of Norwich and I really wish I didn't have to graduate!” – Helen, recent UEA graduate
“The University of East Anglia is the best choice I have made in my life so far, and I wouldn't change anything about it. It will make me who I will become in the future; to many and me UEA will be close to our hearts." - Fletcher, Film and English Studies undergraduate
“Prospects after having finished my course are very good, many of my friends have secured graduate positions. University wide, the careers centre provides great help to second and third year students on finding work after university. There are regular workshops on improving employability skills and will help you with your CV” – Hunter, Business Management BSc graduate
The University of East Anglia has also been one of the most consistent performers in the National Student Survey, appearing in the top ten English universities every year since the survey began.