Aston rated ‘top 25’ for student satisfaction

Aston University

13 August 2013

Aston University students are the 25th most satisfied undergraduates out of 132 UK Universities and University Colleges, according to the latest government survey.

Nearly nine out of 10 Aston students praised the standard of their course, with the overall satisfaction level for undergraduate programmes at 89% in the government’s National Student Survey (NSS) 2013.

Results for Aston’s individual subject areas were also strong, with Spanish Studies and English Language both rated at 100% for overall satisfaction

Over 60 per cent of Aston subjects achieved an overall satisfaction rate of at least 90 per cent. These includes Optometry(97%), Biomedical Science(96%), Computing for Business(96%) and Marketing (96%)

The NSS survey, compiled by Ipsos MORI is seen to provide valuable information for prospective students, with around 304,000 final-year students responding to the survey this year. The national UK average for Student Satisfaction was 85%.

The survey places Aston’s overall student satisfaction levels above Birmingham, Warwick, Loughborough and Nottingham Universities, amongst others.

Universities Minister, David Willetts, said: “It is very encouraging to see student satisfaction is continuing to rise. University is a hugely enjoyable and life-enhancing experience for most students, as this survey shows. The National Student Survey plays an important role in providing students with information to help them make choices about higher education. It can also help universities to understand how they can offer students the best experience.”

HEFCE Chief Executive Sir Alan Langlands added: “These strong results continue to demonstrate the high-quality student experience provided by universities and colleges in the UK. However, institutions must continue to enhance what they offer and, respond effectively to the diverse needs of their students. The NSS provides crucial information which not only informs student choices but also improvements in learning and teaching across the sector.”

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For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk