Third rise in student satisfaction as UWE Bristol moves top in South West

Issue date: 09 August 2017


Student satisfaction has risen for a third consecutive year at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), figures released today have revealed.

A university record 88 per cent of final year students graduating this summer signalled they were satisfied overall with the quality of their course.

Up one percentage point on last year, UWE Bristol's score now stands at four per cent above the national average.

The result from the National Student Survey lifts UWE Bristol to 27th in the national league table from 155 institutions, up 31 places on last year. UWE Bristol boasts the highest overall student satisfaction rate of all 13 South West universities.

The annual survey sees students reflect on their time at university, offering their verdict on topics ranging from teaching and assessment to resources and academic support. It was introduced in 2005 to help inform the choices of prospective students and assist universities in enhancing student experience.

UWE Bristol's satisfaction scores are above the national average for each of the 27 questions in the survey, including four new questions covering learning opportunities and the students' union.

Sixteen programmes at the university, including Architecture, English and Environmental Science, received 100 per cent overall student satisfaction scores and a further 35 programmes achieved 90 per cent scores or higher.

Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted our overall result has risen for the third consecutive year - this is a tremendous achievement.

“We are closer to our ambition of 90 per cent by 2020, and are continuing to progress in the right direction. It is evident that our highest performing programmes continue to sustain their performance year on year.

“Our ambition of outstanding learning on every programme and for every student remains our number one priority.”

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