Students in Sheffield have something to smile about – as today their university is crowned the best in the country.
The University of Sheffield triumphed over Oxford and Cambridge to come top of The Times’ Higher Education Student Experience Survey for student satisfaction.
High quality facilities at the university, a good social life, accommodation and the students’ union were also judged to be among the best in the nation based on students’ experiences.
Ally Buckle, president of the university’s students’ union, said: “Sheffield is a great place to study so it comes as no surprise that our students are among the most satisfied in the UK.
“To get number one, however, is a real accolade and I’m very proud of us for achieving this.
“We must continue to strive for excellence, continually improving the relationship between staff and students and empowering students to become the leaders of the future.”
The university rose two places on last year, past its counterparts in Bath and East Anglia, to claim the title.
More than 14,000 students from across the country took part in the survey.
In Sheffield, students also scored the university highly in the ‘well-structured courses’ category.
The lowest rankings it received were for sports facilities, were it came joint 15th, and industry connections, at joint 22nd.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, university vice-chancellor, said the award reflected a ‘genuine partnership’ between students and the university.
He added: “We already had confidence that we offered students an outstanding education, accompanied by exceptional facilities and extra-curricular activities.
“But our students also appreciate the particular care for their interests and well-being which is so central to our culture.
“Students tell us openly what means most to them. As a university we do our utmost to listen to that.
“This is a partnership we will never take for granted.”