The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) celebrated student success at three graduation ceremonies in Cirencester Parish Church on Thursday 20 July 2017.
Ranked top 30% for student satisfaction, according to national survey
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is pleased to rank in the top 30% in the UK for student satisfaction, and report continued high levels of satisfaction across the board, as the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 results are announced today.
The University has achieved an overall figure of 87% student satisfaction, coming in 3% higher than the national average (84%), and is placed 39th out of 151 institutions.
The University performed particularly well in a new category for 2017 which focused on the Learning Community, achieving a score of 89%. The survey revealed that students feel part of the RAU community, and that they have the right opportunities to work with other students. In the new Student Voice category, students also feel that staff value their views and opinions about the course (81%).
The very highest student satisfaction figures of over 90% were recorded on the following courses: BSc (Hons) International, Business Management, BSc (Hons) Equine Management, BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, BSc (Hons) Real Estate and the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Farm Management.
RAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Jo Price said: “We are very pleased to continue to achieve high levels of student satisfaction in the 2017 NSS. Our students are at the heart of everything we do at the RAU, and ensuring that they have a positive experience is our number one priority. I would like to thank academic and professional services staff for their tireless commitment to improving teaching, assessment, and feedback, and for supporting the students throughout their studies. Moving forwards, we will strive to improve these areas further and ensure that our students receive the best possible education, are awarded degrees of the highest quality, and are fully prepared for their future careers in the land-based sector.”
The NSS is an annual survey of final year undergraduate students, which runs from January to the end of April. It aims to gather feedback on various aspects of the student experience. Results contribute to university league tables and enable prospective students, parents, and teachers to make informed choices about their Higher Education options.
View the full NSS 2017 league table on the Times Higher Education website.