Aston achieves 84% student satisfaction rating


2 August 2018

  • Aston University achieves above average overall satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (NSS) 

The vast majority of Aston University undergraduate students are satisfied with their higher education experience, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The University received an overall satisfaction score of 84.15%, placing Aston above the sector average for the sixth consecutive year and ahead of many institutions.

Aston has built on its reputation for outstanding teaching and delivering great outcomes for graduates, achieving a Gold ranking in the government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and being ranked 2nd in the UK for boosting graduate salaries by The Economist.

A number of courses from all of our academic Schools performed especially strongly. Our highest scoring courses for ‘overall satisfaction’ are as follows:

  • LL.B. Law with Management – 100%
  • BSc Psychology & Business – 100%
  • BSc International Business & Economics – 100%
  • BSc International Business and Management – 97.37%
  • BSc Politics with International Relations – 94.44%
  • MPharm Pharmacy – 93.26%
  • BSc Accounting for Management – 93.24%
  • LL.B. Law – 93.15%
  • BSc Human Resource Management – 92.86%
  • BSc Microbiology and Immunology – 92.31%
  • BSc Biomedical Science – 91.94%
  • BSc Marketing – 91.67%
  • BSc Sociology and English Language – 90.91%
  • BSc Mathematics with Economics– 90.91%
  • BSc Biological Sciences – 90.48%
  • BSc Optometry – 90.00%

Out of the five Schools, triple-accredited Aston Business School achieved the highest rating with an overall satisfaction score of 89.86%.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science made an impressive improvement this year, attaining a score of 81.05%, a rise of 3.42% on the previous year. This is a result of real focus on enhancing student experience, including running the schools’ first ever student-organised undergraduate conference exploring what’s next in engineering and applied science and enhancing their graduate employability prospects.

The most notable course level increases for EAS are:

  • BSc Mathematics with Economics 90.91% (+26.2%)
  • BSc Mathematics 89.47% (+3.42)
  • BSc Computing for Business 85.71% (+12.98%)
  • BSc Construction Project Management 80.00% (+13.33%)
  • BEng Chemical Engineering 75.9% (+12.74%)

The NSS seeks feedback from final year undergraduate students across the country, is used to compile league tables, and helps universities to measure the quality of the student experience they are delivering.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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