Student Satisfaction

Aberystwyth top in Wales for student satisfaction.

Aberystwyth is the best university in Wales for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) which is published today, Thursday 15 July, 2021.

The survey confirms Aberystwyth’s status as the top university in Wales for the 6th year in succession.

Of the universities featured in latest edition of The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide, Aberystwyth is yet again one of the top 10 universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction, a position it has held for the last 6 years.

The University also continues to outperform the UK sector average for overall student satisfaction, 8 percentage points above for 2021 (7 percentage points in 2020).

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, said: “I would like to thank all staff and students for the huge efforts they have made during this acacdemic year, which has been exceptional in every sense. Colleagues across the University have left no stone unturned as they have ensured that they could offer as much in-person teaching as possible, adapting their teaching methods to provide every opportunity for our students to meet their learning objectives. Equally, our students have shown a willingness to embrace the need for flexibility in a changing environment, and exceptional commitment to their learning. These contributions have been recognised in these NSS results. Today’s results reflect the challenging circumstances faced by students and staff alike over the past 18 months and provide valuable information for the University as we firm up plans for the 2021/22 academic year. Naturally, our focus now turns towards the new academic year and I am very pleased that we can plan for an educational experience far closer to what we provided before the pandemic.”

 

 

2021 National Student Satisfaction results:

 

Aberystwyth Business School

Business & Management

Subject level messages

  • 89% overall satisfaction for the subject of Accounting, 78% for the sector. 
  • 94% of our Business Studies subject students agreed that staff were good at explaining things, 84% for the sector. 
  • 93% of our marketing subject students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting and that their course is intellectually stimulating, 70% for the sector. 

Course level message

  • 94% of our N122 Business and Management students agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)

  • 91% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things 

Subject level messages

  • 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture* 
  • Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Animal Science 
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology 
  • 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Veterinary medicine and dentistry 
  • 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Microbiology and Cell Science 
  • 96% of our Biology subject students agreed that staff were good at explaining things, 89% for the sector 
  • 95% of our Agriculture subject students agreed that staff were good at explaining things, 87% for the sector 
  • 97% of our Animal Science subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 86% for the sector 
  • 93% of our Ecology and Environmental Biology subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 90% for the sector 
  • 100% of our Microbiology and Cell Science subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 91% for the sector 

Course level messages

  • 100% of our C100 Biology students agreed that staff were good at explaining things
  • 92% of our C300 Zoology students agreed that staff were good at explaining things
  • 91% of our C164 Marine and Freshwater Biology students agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 
  • 95% student satisfaction on our D906 Veterinary Biosciences course. 

 

English and Creative Writing

English & Creative Writing

  • 97% overall student satisfaction for the Department of English and Creative Writing
  • 94% of students from the Department of English and Creative Writing are satisfied with the teaching on their course 
  • 98% of students from the Department of English and Creative Writing agreed that staff are good at explaining things 
  • 97% of students from the Department of English and Creative Writing agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they needed 

Subject level messages 

  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Creative Writing 
  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Literature in English* 
  • 95% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Literature in English; 81% for the sector  
  • 95% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Creative Writing; 76% for the sector  
  • 100% of students for the subject of Creative Writing agreed that staff are good at explaining things. 

Course level messages

  • 94% overall student satisfaction for W801 Creative Writing 
  • 100% overall student satisfaction for Q300 English Literature 
  • 100% of students on Q300 agreed they had received sufficient guidance and advice in relation to their course
  • 98% of students on W801 Creative Writing were satisfied with the teaching on their course
  • 94% of students on Q300 agreed that the course had been intellectually stimulating 
  • 100% of students on W801 Creative Writing agreed that the course had been intellectually stimulating 
  • 100% of students on W801 Creative Writing agreed that the course had provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth 
  • 100% of students on W801 Creative Writing agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they needed to. 

Computer Science

Computer Science

  • 91% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things. 

Subject level messages 

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Software Engineering – Joint Top in UK 
  • 92% of our Computer Science students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 77% for the sector. 

Course level messages

 

  • 95% student satisfaction on our G400 Computer Science course. 
  • 100% of our G40F Computer Science students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course. 
  • 93% of our G401 Computer Science students agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 

Geography and Earth Sciences

Geography & Earth Sciences

  • 92% of students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to. 

Subject level messages 

  • 93% of our Human Geography subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 89% for the sector. 
  • 90% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Human Geography, 77% for the sector. 
  • 88% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Physical Geographical Sciences, 80% for the sector. 

Course level messages 

  • 91% of our F800 Geography students agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 
  • 97% of our F800 Geography students agreed that their course provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics. 

History and Welsh History

History & Welsh History

  • 93% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things in the Department of History and Welsh History 
  • 95% of students in the Department of History and Welsh History agreed that the course had provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth. 

Subject level messages

 

  • 94% of students for the subject History agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth; 86% for the sector 
  • 94% of students for the subject History agreed that staff were good at explaining things; 91% for the sector 
  • 94% of students for the subject History  agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they needed to; 87% for the sector. 

Course level messages 

 

  • 95% of students on V100 History agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth 
  • 98% of students on V100 History agreed that the course provided opportunities to apply what they had learnt
  • 95% of students on V100 History agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they needed to. 

International Politics

International Politics

  • 95% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics. 
  • 93% of our Department of International Politics students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course, with 97% of them agreeing that staff are good at explaining things. 
  • 92% of students in the Department of International Politics agreed that the course had provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth. 

Subject level messages

 

  • Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Politics 
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Social Policy 
  • 92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Politics; 76% for the sector. 
  • 93% of our students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course in the subject of Politics, 82% for the sector 
  • 96% of students agreed they had been able to contact staff when they needed to in the subject of Politics; 83% for the sector 
  • 91% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Social Policy; 75% for the sector 
  • 91% of students agreed that staff made the subject interesting for the subject of Social Policy; 82% for the sector. 

Course level messages

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for 2VLH International Relations and Military History 
  • 100% of students on L241 International Politics agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 
  • 96% of students on LV2H International Politics and Military History agreed that staff were good at explaining things. 
  • 96% of students on L V2H International Politics and Military History agreed that the course had provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth 

Law and Criminology

Law and Criminology

 

Course level messages

  • 100% Overall student satisfaction for our M9C8 Criminology with Applied Psychology course. 

Mathematics

Mathematics

  • 96% overall satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics
  • 93% of our Department of Mathematics students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course
  • 100% of our Department of Mathematics students agreed that staff were good at explaining things 
  • 97% of our Department of Mathematics students agreed that the course was intellectually stimulating.

Subject level messages

  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Mathematics
  • 92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Mathematics; 79% for the sector
  • 97% of students for the subject of Mathematics agreed that staff were good at explaining things; 84% for the sector 
  • 97% of students for the subject of Mathematics agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they needed to; 88% for the sector 
  • 94% of students for the subject of Mathematics agreed that the subject was intellectually stimulating; 84% for the sector. 

Course level messages

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for the course G100 Mathematics
  • 100% of students on G100 Mathematics agreed that staff were good at explaining things
  • 100% of students on G100 Mathematics agreed that the course was intellectually stimulating. 

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

  • 96% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Modern Languages 
  • 93% of our Department of Modern Languages students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course
  • 100% of students from the Department of Modern Languages agree that staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% of students in the Department of Modern Languages agreed that the course had challenged them to produce their best work
  • 96% of students in the Department of Modern Languages agreed that the course had provided them with opportunities to apply what they had learnt. 

Subject level messages

  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of French Studies 
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Iberian Studies 
  • 94% overall student satisfaction for Iberian Studies; 79% for the sector 
  • 100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Iberian studies; 90% for the sector
  • 100% of students agree they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course for the subject of Iberian Studies; 77% for the sector 
  • 100% of students agree they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course for the subject of French; 78% for the sector 
  • 100% of students agreed they had received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course for the subject of French; 74% for the sector 
  • 100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things for the subject of French; 90% for the sector. 

Physics

Physics

  • 91% of our students agreed that their course is intellectually stimulating 

Subject level messages

  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Astronomy* 
  • 92% of our Physics subject students agreed that their course is intellectually stimulating 
  • 92% of our Physics subject students agreed that they had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course. 

Course level messages

  • 91% overall student satisfaction on our F511 Astrophysics course. 
  • 100% of our F511 Astrophysics students agreed that staff are good at explaining things. 

Psychology

Subject level messages

  • Joint top in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Applied Psychology* 
  • 100% of Applied Psychology subject students agree they have been able to contact staff when they needed; 79% for the sector. 
  • 97% student satisfaction with organisation and management for the subject of Applied Psychology, 71% for the sector. 
  • 100% of Applied Psychology students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively, 70% for the sector. 

School of Art

Art 

  • 91% of students from the Department of Art agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth. 

Subject level messages

  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Art* 
  • 88% of our Art subject students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting, 76% for the sector 
  • 83% student satisfaction for the Teaching on my Course for the subject of Art, 73% for the sector 

Course level messages

  • 90% of students from course W100 Fine Art agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth 

 

School of Education

School of Education

  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Literature in Education
  • 95% of our students from the Education subject area were satisfied with the Teaching on the course, 83% for the sector
  • 99% of our students from the Education subject area agree that staff are good at explaining things, 87% for the sector

Course level messages

  • 100% student satisfaction on our X320 Childhood Studies course. 

Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Subject level messages

  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Drama * 
  • 94% of students agreed they had had the opportunity to work with other students as part of their course for the subject of Drama; 83% for the sector 
  • 94% of students agreed they had received helpful comments on their work for the subject of Drama; 77% for the sector 
  • 95% of students agreed that staff had made the subject interesting for the subject of Drama; 85% for the sector 

Course level messages

 

  • 94% of students on W400 Drama and Theatre agreed that staff had made the subject interesting 
  • 94% of students on W400 Drama and Theatre agreed that they had been able to access course-specific resources (equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to 
  • 100% of students on W400 Drama and Theatre agreed that they had received helpful comments on their work 

Welsh and Celtic Studies

Welsh & Celtic Studies

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies. 

Subject level messages

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Welsh Studies – Top in Wales, 92% for the sector.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey of nearly half a million students in universities, colleges and other providers across the UK.

The survey asks final-year undergraduate students to score their university across a wide range of measures of student satisfaction.

They include quality of teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community and the student voice.

*based on the Times/Sunday Times list of HEIs