University of Exeter students.

Exeter maintains ‘top five’ position for student satisfaction

Students at the University of Exeter are among the most satisfied in the UK, according to this year’s National Student Survey.

Exeter ranks fourth out of traditional universities, highest in the South West and just one place below Cambridge, in the survey of 272 UK universities and colleges. The University has maintained its top 10 position since the survey was launched five years ago.

The University of Exeter achieved a score of 90% for overall satisfaction, against a national average of 81%.  Of full service universities Exeter ranks fourth in the survey for overall satisfaction.

Professor Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education, said: “We are very proud to have maintained our top 10 position in the National Student Survey for five years running. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent experience for our students and strive to make their time with us enjoyable and rewarding.

“Over the past five years we have invested more than £140 million in new facilities. Over the next three years we are investing a further £270 million in our Streatham Campus and, on our Cornwall Campus, have ambitious plans to develop new student facilities and a world-leading research centre focusing on environment and sustainability. We believe this investment is vital to maintaining the wonderful environment for studying and living that our students deserve.”

The total number of students who responded to the fifth annual National Student Survey increased this year by over 3,000 to 223,363 students. A total of 155 higher education institutions (HEIs) across the UK and 117 further education colleges (FECs) in England took part.

Students are asked to rate their experience in teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction.

Date: 6 August 2009