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English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth: An Outstanding Performance for an Exceptional Student Experience (NSS 2016)

Aberystwyth University’s English & Creative Writing Department has received excellent scores in an influential poll of students.  

The English Department received a high rating of 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), compared to a UK figure of 86%.  

All of the Department’s undergraduate degree courses surveyed saw high overall satisfaction ratings, with English Literature scoring 97% and English Literature & Creative Writing 94%.  

English as a subject gained a high score of 96% for its learning resources -ranking us first throughout the UK - whilst feedback on work stood at 91%, significantly higher than the national average in this crucial category.  

These achievements are part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University which is rated the best in Wales and one of the top ten higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the annual survey 

The results show that overall satisfaction amongst students at Aberystwyth University stands at 92% - that’s six percentage points higher than the UK figure of 86%.  

The NSS collects data from 155 of the UK’s Higher Education Institutions and is recognised as an influential source of information for prospective students when considering their options.  

Dr Louise Marshall, Head of English at Aberystwyth University, said: We are thrilled that our students past and present feel so inspired by the department. We pride ourselves on responding to our students needs and delivering an outstanding student experience. We have invested significantly in areas including the effectiveness and promptness of our feedback and the quantity and quality of resources available, so it is great to see our students feeling the benefit of these endeavours  

“The results of this survey highlight our department as the number one English department in the UK for learning resources. This is wonderful news and our aim is to continue working to ensure that we go from strength to strength.”  

If you’re interested in studying with Aberystwyth University’s English department and finding out why our students are so satisfied with their courses, it’s not too late. We still have some clearing places left for the 2016-17 academic year or come and visit us during one of our Open Days. 

The NSS figures follow closely on the heels of the latest employability figures for UK universities which showed that 92% of English graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University in 2015 

The National Student Survey is carried out annually by IPSOS Mori on behalf of all the UK’s higher education funding councils and other bodies, interviewing around 312,000 final year students in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Students are asked to rate institutions on the quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development


REF 2014: Ranked in the Top 50 Departments for World Leading and Internationally Excellent Research

We are delighted by the news that in REF 2014 97% of our research was judged to be of International Standing or higher. Coupled with the QS ranking which places us in the top 150 English & Creative Writing departments in the world (top 30 in the UK) 2014 has been a fantastic year for recognition of our excellence. Since the last research assessment exercise in 2008 we have nearly doubled the percentage of our research ranked as World Leading and achieved an outstanding 49% increase in research outputs regarded as Internationally Excellent or World Leading. Congratulations to all of our staff on their success. This is excellent news for the whole Department, especially our students who are being taught by internationally recognised experts in their fields.


Departmental Prizes

Congratulations to our six students who won the departmental prizes. You have worked hard and demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication and knowledge. Well Done! (July 2016)

The E E Willis Prize (best overall performance in English Literature): Miss Amy le Grys

The Jem Poster Prize (best overall performance in Creative Writing): Miss Charlotte Whitehouse

The Gwyn Jones (or Bunford) Prize (best overall performance in a Joint Honours degree with English Literature): Miss Rachel Rea

The Margaret Davies Prize (best piece of work by a female student): Miss Amy Le Grys

The Alun Lewis Prize (best piece of writing on a Welsh topic): Miss Aleksandra Trawczynska

The Howell Daniels Prize (best piece of work on an American topic): Miss Morwenna Williams


Graduation 2016

We are very proud of our 2016 cohort of students, and we enjoyed celebrating their success with them and their family and friends. They have worked hard over the last few years and we would like to congratulate them on their acheivement! All the best for their future! (July 2016)






Student Led Teaching Award 2016

We are proud that our students feel we are highly commendable as a Department in our teaching and care for them. (April 2016)