Student Satisfaction

Aberystwyth University recognised one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

Aberystwyth University is celebrating another great performance in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. 

Aberystwyth is one of the UK’s top universities for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) which was published Wednesday 15 July, 2020. Aberystwyth is the best university in Wales, and of all the universities featured in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, is one of the top 5 universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

With overall student satisfaction at 90%, Aberystwyth University has outperformed the UK figure of 83% by 7 percentage points. This year’s results mean that Aberystwyth has been voted the top university in Wales for overall satisfaction by its students for the fifth year running.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, said: “The excellent results of this year’s National Student Survey are a testament to the exceptional work of colleagues across the University, and their dedication to providing the best possible learning experience for our students. By any measure, this has been an exceptional year, one that has presented many challenges. Our focus now is on ensuring that we continue to deliver what is one of the best student experiences in the UK higher education sector for the forthcoming academic year, whilst ensuring the safety of our students, staff and the wider community. 

 

 

  • Aberystwyth recognised as one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

    National Student Satisfaction survey 2020

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  • 90% overall student satisfaction, outperforming the UK figure of 83%.

    National Student Satisfaction survey 2020

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  • Aberystwyth is the best university in Wales (for the fifth year running).

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2020 National Student Satisfaction results:

Art

School of Art: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2020).
93% of our Art students were satisfied with the teaching on the course (NSS 2020).

Subject level messages
93% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Art, 75% for the sector (NSS 2020).
95% of our Art subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 84% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)

IBERS: 95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

96% of students agreed that IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well (NSS 2020). 


Subject level messages
100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Biology (non-specific), 87% for the sector (NSS 2020).
Aberystwyth voted one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction for the subject of Biology (non-specific); 100% overall student satisfaction, 87% for the sector (NSS 2020).
Aberystwyth recognised  top 3 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture (NSS 2020).
92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture, 78% for the sector (NSS 2020).
92% of our Animal Science subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).
94% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology, 91% for the sector (NSS 2020).
98% of our Zoology subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 94% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Sport Science, 87% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Rural Estate Management, 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).
First University in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Sport and Exercise Science (NSS 2020). 

Course level messages
100% student satisfaction on our C100 Biology course (NSS 2020).
100% of our C164 Marine and Freshwater Biology students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course (NSS 2020).
97% of our C300 Zoology students agreed that staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2020).
92% of our D334 Equine and Veterinary Bioscience students agreed that staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2020).
100% of our D906 Veterinary Biosciences students agreed that they were able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to (NSS 2020). 

Business & Management

91% overall satisfaction for the Aberystwyth Business School (NSS 2020). 


Subject level messages

Top 5 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Finance (NSS 2020). 
96% overall satisfaction for the subject of Accounting, 87% for the sector (NSS 2020). 
91% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Business studies, 81% for the sector (NSS 2020). 
92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Management studies, 80% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% of Accounting subject students agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course (NSS 2020).
97% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Finance, 84% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Course level message

95% student satisfaction on our Accounting and Finance course.

Computer Science

Top in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the subject of Software Engineering (NSS 2020).
90% of our Computing subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 83% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Course level messages

100% of our G400 Computer Science students agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well (NSS 2020).

School of Education

92% overall satisfaction with Learning Resources for the subject of Education; 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).

English & Creative Writing

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of English and Creative Writing (NSS 2020).
95% of students from the Department of English and Creative Writing are satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS 2020).


Subject level messages
 

Top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject area of Creative Writing (NSS 2020).
Top 3 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject area of English Literature (NSS 2020).
96% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Creative Writing; 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).
97% overall student satisfaction for English studies; 88% for the sector (NSS 2020).
98% overall student satisfaction for the subject of English Literature; 88% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Course level messages

100% overall student satisfaction for Q300 English Literature (NSS 2020).
100% overall student satisfaction for QW38 English Literature and Creative Writing (NSS 2020).
100% overall student satisfaction for W801 Creative Writing (NSS 2020).

Geography & Earth Sciences

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).
95% of students from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences were satisfied with Learning Resources on their course (NSS 2020).


Subject level messages
 

92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Geography, Earth and Environmental studies, 88% for the sector (NSS 2020).
Top 4 in the UK for student satisfaction for the subject of Earth Studies; 100% student satisfaction, 91% for the sector (NSS 2020).
96% of our Geography, Earth and Environmental studies subject students agreed that staff are good at explaining things, 93% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Course level messages 

100% overall student satisfaction for our F640 Environmental Earth Science course (NSS 2020).
94% overall student satisfaction for our F840 Physical Geography course (NSS 2020).
96% of our F800 Physical Geography students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

History & Welsh History

90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History (NSS 2020).
92% of students were satisfied with the Learning Resources for the Department of History and Welsh History (NSS 2020).
92% of students were satisfied with the Teaching in the Department of History and Welsh History (NSS 2020).


Subject level messages
 

93% of students were satisfied with the teaching on my course for the subject of History; 88% for the sector (NSS 2020).
93% of students were satisfied with the learning opportunities for the subject of History (NSS 2020). 
91% overall student satisfaction for the subject of History, 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).


Course level messages 

90% overall student satisfaction on V100 History (NSS 2020).
93% of students on V100 History were satisfied with the Teaching on my course (NSS 2020).
93% of students on V100 History were satisfied with the Academic Support (NSS 2020).
98% of students on V100 History agreed that Staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

International Politics

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics (NSS 2020).
94% of our Department of International Politics students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course, with 98% of them agreeing that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).
99% of our Department of International Politics students agree that their course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2020). 


Subject level messages
 
94% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Politics; 83% for the sector (NSS 2020).
94% of our students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course in the subject of Politics, 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Social Policy; 82% for the sector (NSS 2020).
Top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Politics (NSS 2020).
Top 5 in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on the course for the subject of Politics (NSS 2020).
Top University in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Social Policy (NSS 2020).


Course level messages

100% overall student satisfaction for L241 International Politics (NSS 2020).
100% of our LV2H International Politics and Military History students agreed that the course was intellectually stimulating (NSS 2020).

Law & Criminology

91% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law and Criminology


Subject level messages

98% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Law; 83% for the sector (NSS 2020).
92% agreed that their course was intellectually stimulating for the subject of Law, 88% for the sector (NSS 2020).


Course level messages

97% overall student satisfaction on M100 Law (NSS 2020).
100% of students studying M900 Criminology agree the course has provided opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics (NSS 2020).
100% of students studying M900 Criminology agree they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (NSS 2020).
91% of students studying M900 Criminology are satisfied with the Teaching on my course (NSS 2020).
100% of students studying M900 Criminology agree the course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2020).
97% of students studying M900 Criminology are satisfied with the Learning Resources (NSS 2020).
100% of students studying M900 Criminology say they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course.
91% overall student satisfaction on M900 Criminology (NSS 2020).
100% of students agree the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well on M900 Criminology (NSS 2020).
94% of students studying M100 Law agree the course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2020).
94% of students studying M100 Law are satisfied with the Learning Resources (NSS 2020).
100% of students studying M100 Law agree the IT resources and facilities provided have their learning well (NSS 2020).
97% of students studying M100 Law agree the library resources  have supported their learning well and they have been able to access course-specific resources when they needed to (NSS 2020).

Mathematics

92% overall satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics (NSS 2020).
93% of our Department of Mathematics students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course (NSS 2020).


Subject level messages

94% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Mathematics; 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).
94% of students in the subject of Mathematics are satisfied with the teaching on their course; 83% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% of students agreed that staff valued students’ views and opinions about the course for the subject of Mathematics (NSS 2020).


Course level messages

100% overall student satisfaction for the course G100 Mathematics (NSS 2020).

 

Modern Languages

93% of our Department of Modern Languages students were satisfied with the Teaching on the course (NSS 2020).
100% of students from the Department of Modern Languages agree that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

 

Subject level messages

100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Iberian studies; 91% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things for the subject of French; 93% for the sector (NSS 2020).
93% of students in the subject of French are satisfied with the teaching on their course; 87% for the sector (NSS 2020).

 

Physics

Subject level messages

92% overall student satisfaction in the subject of Physics, 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).
93% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the subject of Physics, 89% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Psychology 

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Psychology (NSS 2020).
98% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Psychology (NSS 2020).

 

Subject level messages

92% overall satisfaction for the subject of Psychology (non-specific); 84% for the sector (NSS 2020).
98% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the subject of Psychology (non-specific), 90% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% of Psychology subject students agree they have been able to contact staff when they needed; 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).
Top 3 University in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on my course for the subject of Psychology (non-specific) (NSS 2020).
Top University in the UK for satisfaction with ‘Learning Opportunities’ for the subject of Psychology (non-specific) (NSS 2020).
2nd University in the UK for satisfaction with Academic Support offered for the subject of Psychology (non-specific) (NSS 2020).
Top 5 University in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on my course, Learning Opportunities and Academic Support for the subject of Psychology (non-specific) (NSS 2020).

 

Course level messages

98% of our C800 Psychology course students agreed that staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2020).
100% of our CM89 Psychology/Criminology students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2020).
95% of our WF7F Psychology (with integrated year in industry) students were satisfied with the teaching on the course.
100% of our WF7F Psychology (with integrated year in industry) course students were satisfied with the Learning Opportunities, Academic Support and Learning Resources available to them (NSS 2020).

Theatre, Film & Television Studies

90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (NSS 2020).
98% of our Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

 

Subject level messages

92% overall student satisfaction for the subject of Cinematics and Photography; 77% for the sector (NSS 2020).
95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the subject of Drama, 91% for the sector (NSS 2020).
98% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the subject of Media, 87% for the sector (NSS 2020).

 

Course level messages

92% overall satisfaction for W400 Drama and Theatre Studies (NSS 2020).
100% of W400 Drama and Theatre Studies students agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work on course (NSS 2020).
93% overall satisfaction for W620 Film and Television Studies (NSS 2020).
100% of W620 Film and Television Studies students agree that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

Welsh & Celtic Studies

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).
100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things and had made the subject interesting in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).

 

Subject level messages

100% overall student satisfaction in the subject of Welsh Studies, 97% for the sector (NSS 2020).
100% of students agree staff are good at explaining things and had made the subject interesting in the in the subject of Celtic Studies, 94% for the sector (NSS 2020).