NSS 2017

09 August 2017

Students in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences (DGES) at Aberystwyth University have given their course an impressive overall satisfaction rating of 90% in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS).

Published Wednesday 9 August 2017, the results of the NSS also show overall satisfaction with teaching in the department stands at 91% compared to the UK average of 84%.

Students who took part in the annual survey of final year undergraduates gave top marks as well to some of the Department’s main degree schemes while Human Geography is ranked in the top five for learning opportunities across the whole of the UK.

Undergraduate Degree Course


Overall Satisfaction

Physical Geography (F840)

Geography & Earth Sciences


Human Geography (L700)

Geography & Earth Sciences


Environmental Earth Sciences (F750)

Geography & Earth Sciences


Geography (F800)

Geography & Earth Sciences


 The Department’s achievements are part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University, which is rated the best in Wales and one of the top five higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the 2017 NSS.

The results show that overall satisfaction amongst students at Aberystwyth University stands at 91% - well above the average UK figure of 84%.

Professor Neil Glasser, Director of the Institute of Geography, History, Politics & Psychology at Aberystwyth University, said:  “We are extremely pleased to see all our hard work being rewarded with these excellent NSS scores. This is the second year in a row that the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences has delivered outstanding NSS results.  These exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction are a reflection of the fantastic student experience provided by all of the teaching and support staff within the Department. The high NSS scores also reflect the continuing financial investment by Aberystwyth University in developing new and upgraded learning and teaching facilities in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and more widely across the whole University. Overall, these NSS results are a real testament to the hard work of all of our staff and their continued efforts to ensure that Aberystwyth remains an exceptional place to learn and live”.

If you’re interested in studying at Aberystwyth University’s Geography and Earth Sciences 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 95% of Geography and Earth Science graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University in 2016.

The National Student Survey is carried out annually by IPSOS Mori on behalf of the UK’s higher education funding councils and interviews more than 300,000 final year students in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Students are asked to rate their university across a wide range of measures including quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community and student voice.

Aberystwyth University’s rankings are based on the overall satisfaction question and use the list of higher education institutes from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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