Higher education student satisfaction is up, and remains very high at University Centre Myerscough, after the latest results of the latest National Student Survey.
90% of students said they were satisfied overall with their course, according to the independent figures released by the Office for Students. This is higher than the national average, and is the joint highest of all other major land-based colleges in England.
There have been increases in satisfaction levels across every area of teaching, learning, assessment, academic support, organisation and management, learning resource, and effectiveness of the students’ union in representing the interests of learners.
The survey was undertaken by students across the UK from hundreds of higher education institutions, further education colleges and other alternative providers. Myerscough College has taken part in the survey for many years, which has been voluntary, although the survey has been a compulsory requirement to all providers from 2017.
The Office for Students is the independent regulator of higher education in England, and their work covers all students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, national or international, young or mature, full-time or part-time, studying on a campus or by distance learning.
Mick Cottam, Assistant Principal, Higher Education at University Centre Myerscough, said: ‘’We are extremely pleased with the outcomes of the latest National Student Survey. Our aim is to provide the best possible experience for our students.
‘’To have the quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities at the College confirmed by the students is the best possible endorsement for us.
‘’The results of the survey provide valuable information for prospective students of Myerscough College and act as further proof that Myerscough is an outstanding choice for people wishing to study sport or land based studies at higher education level.’’
The results of the survey are used by universities, colleges, and student unions to drive improvements across multiple areas of students’ academic experience.
The data is also published on the Unistats website, providing valuable evidence to inform potential students’ choices about where and what to study.
Alison Robinson, Chief Executive & Principal, said: ‘’This is an absolutely brilliant set of NSS results. They are massive step forward and a huge credit to professionalism, dedication and outstanding support our tutors give to our learners day in and day out.’’
Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said: ‘‘It is good news that overall satisfaction with higher education courses remains high this year. But this survey also shows that not every student is getting the positive experience they deserve.
‘‘There is still work for universities and colleges to do to ensure that students are provided with clear marking criteria and constructive feedback – key factors in enabling students to reach their potential. Higher education can be a life-changing opportunity for students, but universities and colleges must listen to what students are telling them and make improvements where needed.
‘’We will continue to develop the National Student Survey, ensuring it remains an invaluable tool for capturing student opinion and driving improvements across the sector – both for the benefit of current students and generations to come.’’
Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said: ‘‘We know the quality of teaching and assessment is a huge factor in a student’s experience of university and whether they feel they’re getting value for money.
‘‘I am delighted to see more students are satisfied with their university course and the quality of teaching they receive, however these results show that there is further to go to ensure every student has a positive academic experience. We have a world-leading university sector but we must not get complacent.
‘‘It’s important that students benefit from high-quality courses which give them the best chance of a successful career.’’
The Office for Students, also publishes the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), to hold providers to account for the quality of their teaching, learning environment and graduate outcomes. Myerscough currently holds a Gold rating, the top level available.
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by Dave Salmon