RAU hits top 25% for student satisfaction
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) ranks within the top 25% of 160 UK universities for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results 2015. The University has leapt a staggering 81 places up the NSS league table, with student satisfaction hitting 89%.
The NSS 2015 reveals that the RAU has risen a significant 6% since 2014, and comes in 3% higher than the national average. Ranked 35th in the UK, the University has increased in the majority of NSS categories. Results show that 89% of students are satisfied with their learning resources, 92% feel staff are good at explaining things, and 87% feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems as a result of studying at the RAU. Satisfaction with the RAU Student Union has also increased by 11%.
The highest levels of student satisfaction were recorded on our Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Farm Management and BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management degree, both of which hit 95%.
The RAU performed significantly above average in a number of key areas, including IT resources, clear marking criteria, and fair assessment of coursework. The University’s continued investment and expenditure per student on staff and student facilities has been recognised in the recent Complete University Guide 2016, which ranked the RAU in the top 10 in the UK for academic and facilities spend, as well as degree completion. In recent years, the RAU has invested heavily in student facilities, including sports, careers services, health and counselling, library and computing, software, and books and journals.
High levels of academic support and assessment help our students develop and gain confidence in their abilities, giving them the competitive edge when entering the jobs market. In fact, the RAU is ranked third in the UK for employability, with 98% of undergraduates entering employment or further study within six months. This can also be attributed, in part, to our fantastic industry links and the 20-week work placement undertaken by many of our students as part of their course.
RAU Vice-Principal, Professor Paul Davies, said: “We are really pleased to have been given a much higher ‘overall student satisfaction’ score in this year’s National Student Survey by our degree students. To the extent that we are now rated by NSS as the second highest ‘improver’ in higher education student satisfaction this year, across 160 UK universities. We are rarely satisfied at the Royal Agricultural University with our teaching quality achievements – and will continue to strive to do much better again next year. As very important customers, our students deserve the very best possible learning experience at Cirencester – and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that their degrees are of the best quality – as well as the most relevant for future career opportunities.”