UEA ranked fourth for Overall Satisfaction in NSS

Students in the Square

A ninety per cent Overall Satisfaction rate places the University of East Anglia (UEA) in fourth position among English mainstream universities in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), ahead of all Russell Group universities whose results are included.

UEA also scores highly for its Teaching (87 per cent), placing it fifteenth; Learning Opportunities (86 per cent), in thirteenth position, and Academic Support (83 per cent) in nineteenth place. UEA achieved tenth position (82 per cent) for Learning Community, a new category for 2017 which measures how much undergraduates feel they have the right opportunities to work with other students.

“We’re delighted with this year’s scores, which mean UEA remains the only English mainstream university to achieve a top 5 ranking for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2005-2017. Overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities) every year since the survey began in 2005,” said Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson.

“We work hard to offer our students a stimulating and challenging learning environment backed with excellent support and exciting extra-curricular opportunities that help them prepare for the world of work. It’s great to receive such a positive endorsement and we believe it shows potential future students that UEA is an excellent choice.”

Satisfaction rankings are also published by subject, with UEA achieving a top-10 position for 17 out of the 36 subject groups, including top for Finance, Academic Studies in Education, Asian Studies and Other Subjects aligned to Medicine, and third for Microbiology, Management Studies, Business Studies and Marketing, Aural and Oral Sciences and Others in Linguistics, Classics and Related Subjects.

All final-year undergraduates are invited to complete the annual questionnaire, which measures their satisfaction with a range of aspects of their university education, and more than 300,000 responded nationally this year. For the first time in 2017, scores were released to two decimal places to minimise “joint” positions. This year’s findings have also been affected by a boycott of the survey by some Student Unions, meaning that some universities didn’t achieve the 50 per cent participation rate necessary for their results to be published.