Students satisfied with degree courses, poll suggests

Nearly all of this 12 months’s UK college students had been happy with the standard of their programs, a survey suggests.

The Nationwide Pupil Survey (NSS) discovered 84% of the 304,00zero final-year college students at 530 establishments who took half had been content material with their diploma programs.

The ballot is printed by the Larger Training Funding Council for England.

However the outcomes observe the same survey which discovered ranges of satisfaction with “worth for cash” at college have been falling over the previous 5 years.

The Pupil Tutorial Expertise Survey, printed by the Larger Training Coverage Institute and the Larger Training Academy in June, discovered simply 35% of scholars throughout the UK thought college was “good” or “superb” worth, in contrast with 53% 5 years in the past.

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Nonetheless, the NSS discovered scholar satisfaction with educating was excessive, with 85% of UK college students agreed that educating employees had been good at explaining issues and made their topics fascinating and that they had been intellectually stimulated and challenged.

It additionally discovered 84% of scholars agreed that they had been supplied with studying alternatives comparable to exploring concepts in depth and making use of what that they had learnt.

Some 77% agreed that they felt a part of a studying group and had the correct alternatives to work with different college students.

Whereas evaluation and suggestions had been thought-about to be good by 73% of final-year college students.

A boycott of the survey coordinated by the Nationwide Union of College students over tuition charges appeared to have some affect on the response price – eight,00zero fewer took half this 12 months than final 12 months.

‘Extra to do’

The NSS survey comes as Universities Minister Jo Johnson has highlighted rising considerations about college students not getting worth for cash.

Mr Johnson has mentioned the newly established Office for Students will see college students given formal contracts with universities, to allow them to problem them about too few educating hours or if services are insufficient.

Commenting on the NSS, he mentioned: “Whereas total scholar satisfaction stays excessive, we all know there’s vital variation in educating high quality and outcomes each inside and between suppliers.

“There may be extra to do to make sure that college students and taxpayers investing closely in our increased training system safe worth for cash from it.”

Prof Madeleine Atkins, chief government of Hefce, mentioned the survey had been enhanced this 12 months by new questions on scholar engagement and approaches to educating and studying.

“The NSS continues to be the most important and most authoritative survey of its variety within the UK,” she mentioned.

“The 2017 outcomes present that college students present significantly optimistic suggestions on the standard of educating and on studying alternatives.

“Establishments can even, nevertheless, be contemplating fastidiously how they’ll proceed to enhance evaluation and suggestions, and their broader engagement with college students.”

Nick Hillman, director of Hepi, mentioned the NSS wanted to be set alongside different findings from a lot broader surveys, which present college students complaining of declining worth for cash.

“I’m significantly struck by the decrease figures within the NSS for evaluation and suggestions, which proceed to be a problem however are important to full scholar engagement.

“Furthermore, given the latest issues within the scholar motion, it’s clear that scholar unions want to enhance and do extra to articulate the coed voice for all college students.”

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