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Graduate satisfied with NSS win


September 4 2015

A fine art graduate is more than satisfied with a £250 prize draw victory.

Gill Ellison, a former student at Glyndŵr University’s North Wales School of Art and Design in Wrexham, was the lucky winner of the institution’s National Student Survey (NSS) competition.

A delighted Gill thanked Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton, and plans to spend the £250 on art materials to support her new career in the creative industries.

Professor Upton presented Gill with a cheque for £250 and wished her well with her future endeavours, which includes exhibiting her work.

Gill was one of many students to complete the NSS earlier this year; the survey revealed the University experienced a 2% increase in overall student satisfaction.

Professor Upton said it was “heartening” to see the figure “moving in the right direction” as the University puts the student at the heart of all decision-making.

He added that it points to an even brighter future for the institution, which recently unveiled a new five-year strategy including a projected £1.7m surplus for 2015/16 and a turnover of up to £75m by 2019/20.

“These latest NSS results are very heartening and show that Glyndŵr University is moving in the right direction,” said Professor Upton.

“Some courses had the highest possible satisfaction rate, which shows just how hard staff have worked this year.

“We are delighted, but will continue to improve and aim to bring every course up to this standard as the students are at the centre of everything we do – they are the University’s number one priority.”

According to the NSS, Glyndŵr University was second in Wales for assessment and feedback, as well as coming top in Wales for helping students to clarify and understand problems with feedback on their work.

The Glyndŵr ethos of giving students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to study for a degree the chance to do so, because of its ‘open to all’ and widening access routes, was highlighted.

There were also percentage increases year-on-year for learning resources and organisation and management; high-performing areas were History, Health, Nursing, programmes in Communications Technology, and Housing and Computer Game Technology. Ratings for the placement element of Nursing and Health programmes also improved, up to 100% for many elements.

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