Glyndŵr University students more satisfied than ever
Students at Glyndŵr University are more satisfied than ever before with their studies and with university life as a whole, new figures have revealed.
The university has achieved its highest score to date for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey, with students praising teaching standards and careers support in particular.
Senior figures at the university have welcomed the news and pointed to investments in major new facilities which they believe will bring about further improvements for current students and those starting in 2011, 2012 and beyond.
The government-backed survey invites final year undergraduate students to rate their university experience.
More than three quarters (79%) said they were satisfied with the quality of their course – with students on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (100%), education (97%), nursing (96%) and early childhood studies (93%) courses among the most satisfied at the university.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Helen James said: “We are delighted to see that students recognise the university’s strengths in several key areas.
“Students’ feedback about the quality of the teaching they receive was particularly pleasing, with more than 90% of students in five key subject areas positive about this vital element of university study.
“While the positive figures reflect our growing stature within the higher education sector, each year we draw on all of the results to act on what our students tell us.
“One issue for some students has been the level of learning resources provided. Through our investments in a cutting-edge new Centre for the Creative Industries and Centre for the Child, Family and Society in 2011 we have shown our commitment to providing the best possible learning environments and facilities.
“Our recent purchase of the Racecourse Ground and Colliers Park is the latest example of how we are making major investments which will offer real benefits to students and the wider community in North East Wales.
“It is more important than ever before that we make sure students are satisfied with the quality of the teaching we provide and with the support we offer them in all areas.”
NSS satisfaction ratings are based on a uniform set of questions used across the UK.
This year, for the first time the survey provided an option for each university in Wales to ask their own set of additional questions – with students at Glyndwr University speaking particularly highly of their career prospects.
Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency last month showed a 94 per cent employability rate for Glyndŵr University graduates – the highest in Wales.
Dr James said, “This reflects the emphasis we place on employability and on providing students with the skills they need to succeed and to benefit the economy locally, nationally and internationally.”
Sally Harrison, Glyndŵr University’s Associate Director for Student Experience said: “Our students are central to everything we do. The results show that Glyndŵr University is a university on the up and we’re working very hard to build on these positive indications.”
- Glyndŵr University will be holding an open day to showcase its courses and facilities on Saturday between 10am and 3pm.