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NSS 2017: 85% of Wrexham Glyndwr University students satisfied with teaching

9 August 2017


85% of students at Wrexham Glyndwr University are satisfied with teaching on their course, a new survey has revealed.

The rating came in the 2017 National Student Survey, which was released today and placed the university above the national average for Wales.

Overall satisfaction at Wrexham Glyndwr University was 82%, based on the experiences of final year students in the 2016/17 academic year.

Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am pleased to see that we have once again scored highly for the quality of our teaching, following our Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

“It is particularly heartening as these are the views of this year’s graduating students, and their academic progress is at the top of our agenda.”

Wrexham Glyndwr University students studying courses in the Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional) subject area were the most satisfied in the UK in this year’s survey.

Overall satisfaction in Management Studies and Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering programmes was the highest in Wales.

Other high performing subject areas for satisfaction included:

  • Finance – top in Wales and first in the UK for learning opportunities

  • Accounting – top in Wales and second in the UK for learning opportunities

  • Others in subjects allied to medicine – top in Wales and 9th in the UK for learning opportunities; top in Wales and 7th in the UK for assessment and feedback

  • Computer Science – first in Wales and top 20% in the UK for satisfaction with teaching

  • Others in Creative Arts and Design – top in Wales and the UK for organisation and management

  • Academic studies in Education – top in Wales and top 20% UK for learning opportunities and academic support

The NSS 2017 saw final year students asked 27 questions about their experiences in higher education.

Questions were focused around eight areas of university life - the teaching on my course, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community and student voice.

Wrexham Glyndwr University scored above the national average for Wales in six of the eight question areas.

Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “Satisfaction is again high at Wrexham Glyndwr University, where students have told us that they particularly rate the quality of teaching and the academic support they receive.

“Many course areas have achieved exceptionally good student feedback this year, with several being highly ranked not only across Wales but also the UK.”

She added: “We are the top university in Wales for course challenge, with high numbers of students indicating that they are challenged to achieve their best work, reflecting the excellent partnership working between staff and students that we promote across the University.”

Universities Wales Director, Amanda Wilkinson, said: “The NSS results are testament to the hard work Wales’ universities continue to put in to delivering the best possible student learning experience.

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