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This year more students than ever were able to take part (Note 1) in the survey run by Ipsos MORI. Around 252,000 students responded – that is 30,000 more than last year.
The overall response rate this year was 63.1 per cent. A total of 152 HEIs and 113 FECs from across the UK took part in the survey (Note 3).
|Questions||2009 NSS||2010 NSS|
|% satisfied||% satisfied|
|1-4||The teaching on my course||83||83|
|5-9||Assessment and feedback||65||67|
|13-15||Organisation and management||72||73|
The figures in the table are for students registered at HEIs and FECs in England.
The Unistats web-site gives data on all students in the survey and the latest data is available to view from today. It covers higher education students in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and 12 Scottish universities, and students on higher education courses at FECs. Responses from some students on initial teacher training courses and NHS-funded courses are also available.
HEFCE Chief Executive, Sir Alan Langlands, said:
'These excellent results demonstrate that our universities and colleges provide a high-quality experience for their students. The survey provides vital information to inform young people's choices and helps universities and colleges maintain learning and teaching that meets their students' needs. Each university takes these results seriously and acts upon them.'
Professor Janet Beer, chair of the NSS steering group and Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, said:
'Greater numbers of students than ever before are reporting high levels of satisfaction with the quality of learning and teaching in higher education. Maintaining the momentum in enhancing the student experience is dependent upon partnership between university staff and students and the NSS is a vital tool in ensuring that collaborative working continues to produce improvement.'
Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, said:
'The continued high levels of satisfaction demonstrate the great work that institutions are doing to deliver high quality teaching to students. As the sector body responsible for the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education in the UK, we support them in their work. We look forward to working ever more closely with institutions and individual academics to continue to improve the experience of students in the UK.'