Students ‘happy’ with universities

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NINE out of ten undergraduates at Sheffield University are happy with the quality of their course, a new student satisfaction survey reveals.

At Hallam eight out of 10 - 79 per cent - expressed satisfaction with their degree studies in the annual National Student Survey.

Hallam’s rating was identical to last year’s, while at Sheffield the satisfaction rating rose by one per cent to 90 per cent.

The University of Sheffield’s rating was the highest in the region, and in the top 10 nationally, just behind Cambridge and Oxford.

Ninety per cent of its students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their courses, 88 per cent with the learning resources available to them and 83 per cent with the personal development they received.

Paul White, Pro-Vice Chancellor for teaching and learning at the University, said: “It is excellent news that our students continue to be amongst the most satisfied in the country.

“The University of Sheffield is one of the largest universities in the UK to have scored so highly for student satisfaction, proving that a large and diverse university can deliver an outstanding student learning experience.

“These results are testament to the fantastic learning community we have built here in Sheffield, the high calibre of our teaching and the excellent support our students receive.”

Overall of 265,000 final year students quizzed at 154 universities and 99 further education colleges around the UK, nine per cent were unhappy.

The survey is carried out by the national funding body, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and covers every aspect of the academic experience.

Students answer questions on teaching, assessment, support and resources.

The findings show that overall 83 per cent of students are satisfied with their course, up slightly from 82 per cent last year. Eight per cent were neither happy or unhappy.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: “The real worry is that cuts to higher education will leave staff with even more demanding workloads as students and their families start to expect more bang for the extra bucks they are being forced to shell out for a university education.