‘Undergraduate satisfaction levels remain high despite the advent of £9,000 tuition fees in England, according to the 2016 National Student Survey.
Eighty-six per cent of the more than 300,000 final-year UK undergraduates who responded to this year’s survey said that they were satisfied with their course, the same as the all-time high recorded in the 2014 and 2015 results.
This year’s ratings are the second to include undergraduates who paid the higher tuition fees introduced in 2012, with all respondents in England bar a handful on five-year courses now on the new fee regime.
In England, overall satisfaction scores stood at 85 per cent – down one percentage point from the previous year.
In Wales, overall scores rose from 85 to 86 per cent, while results in Scotland and Northern Ireland are unchanged at 86 and 89 per cent, respectively.
This year’s results in England will be among those that feed into the teaching excellence framework, which will use an average of NSS scores over three years to measure teaching quality. The first full-scale TEF will use the 2016, 2015 and 2014 NSS results.’ - Times Higher Education
‘Around 72% of students took part in the survey this year - around 312,000 respondents - slightly higher than the previous two years.
Professor Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said: "I'm pleased to see that the results of this year's survey remain very positive, demonstrating the commitment of all higher education providers to deliver high quality teaching and learning for their students.
"The response rate is very encouraging and ensures that the student voice continues to inform enhancements in quality and in the information available to the next cohort of students.
"The increase in the number of alternative providers taking part in the survey on a voluntary basis for this year is a reflection of how important the survey is to the sector and highlights the increasing diversity of higher education in the UK." ‘ - Leyland Guardian