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Nine out of ten students are happy with their experience at Newcastle University


Newcastle University is ranked as one of the best in the country for student experience, according to the latest results from the National Student Survey (NSS).

The results show that more than 9 out of 10 Newcastle University students are satisfied with their overall experience. The score is second best in the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

With a 91% satisfaction rate, the University is joint sixth in the UK, when compared against comparator institutions, and is substantially above the average of 86% for the university sector. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for teaching standards with a 90% score. The University’s learning resources also received a 90% satisfaction score by students.

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University, said: “We are delighted that our students have ranked their experience at the University so highly. The positive feedback from them reflects our commitment to provide the best possible combination of teaching quality, learning resources and state-of-the-art facilities. 

“The results are recognition of the efforts and excellent work carried out by all staff members. Their dedication enhances the experience of our students and supports them to acquire the knowledge and experience to realise their academic and professional potential.” 

Newcastle University’s overall score has increased by one percent compared to the 90% achieved in 2013. Three subjects are ranked highest in the UK for student satisfaction: Archaeology (100%), Combined Honours (100%) and Media Studies (98%).

Ross Chapman is a Graduate Ambassador and a Combined Honours (Business and Geography) student at Newcastle University. He said: “My teachers were fantastic. They were really engaging and helped me switch my mind between the two subjects, which can be challenging with a combined degree. I was expecting a lot of self-direction, so the level of engagement I had with them exceeded my expectations.

“I am not surprised about the great survey results - I was really impressed when the University put on extra study space for us in advance of our final year exams. They converted one of the buildings on campus into a pop up library. It was really helpful - I virtually lived in there for a month!”  

The annual National Student Survey gathers third year students’ opinions on the quality of their courses. And it’s not only the NSS that Newcastle University does well in. It achieved an overall satisfaction score of 92% in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB) survey, a result that shows a 2% rise on the previous year. Latest Government figures show that last year 93.7% of Newcastle University graduates were in employment or further education six months after graduating, the highest rate amongst North East universities.

published on: 12 August 2014