Top five for student satisfaction

The Old College

The Old College

24 August 2006

Student satisfaction with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth is at an all time high according to the National Student Survey, the results of which were published on Wednesday 23 August, 2006.

Aberystwyth is fifth overall in the UK with a satisfaction rating of 90% - up 3 percentage points on 2005 and by far the best in Wales. The average for the Higher Education sector as a whole is 80%.

Top 10 for student satisfaction 2005 / 2006 % scores
1 Open University 95 / 95
2 Buckingham n/a / 94
3 St Andrews n/a / 92
4 Birkbeck College 90 / 91
5 Aberystwyth 87 / 90
6 Bishop Grosseteste Col, Lincon 88 / 89
7 Durham 87 / 89
8 East Anglia 88 / 89
9 Leicester 89 / 89
10 St Mary's Col 83 / 89


Professor Aled Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth said:
“The University is immensely proud that our students have voted us the best in Wales for student satisfaction, and one of the very best in the United Kingdom.

“This superb result speaks volumes about the dedication, professionalism and care shown towards our students by Aberystwyth's teaching and support staff . It also demonstrates the tremendous sense of engagement our students have with their studies and with the university.

“Aberystwyth is a very special place in which study, and we are totally committed to maintaining and improving the quality of our teaching and the wide range of other support services we have traditionally offered our students.”

Aberystwyth also features 7th and top in Wales in the Times Higher Education Supplement satisfaction league table which is published today (Thursday 24 August). Based on the results of the National Student Survey Aberystwyth’s score is up from 3.90 in 2005 to 4.05 this year.

Over 157,000 students in their final year responded to the survey which included 22 questions covering six main areas of learning and teaching. The National Student Survey is part of the Teaching Quality Information web-site which was launched in September 2005.