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NSS Results

UWS rated top in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016*

*UWS was rated as top in the UK for a number of undergraduate degree courses in terms of Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016. The following undergraduate courses were rated at 100% for Overall Student Satisfaction:

  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Community Education
  • Forensic Science
  • Midwifery
  • Sport & Exercise Science

 

In addition, our Chemical Engineering course was rated top in Scotland and 3rd in the UK, and our Education, Psychology and our Drama-related courses were rated top in Scotland for Overall Student Satisfaction.

Other highly rated courses were Politics which was rated 2nd in Scotland, as well as our Applied Biosciences, Chemistry and Civil Engineering courses.

The results of the NSS 2016 (87.1% Overall Satisfaction) places UWS 48th out of 119 UK HE institutions for student satisfaction which is a significant rise of 16 places from the previous year.

Summary of Results

2014

National Student Survey Results 2014

Overall satisfaction at 84%

  • Initial Teacher Training was top in the Scottish sector for Overall satisfaction (94.4%), Teaching (98.6%), Assessment and feedback (87.2%) and Academic support (96.3%). ITT was also top in the sector overall for Teaching and in the top 10 (out of 55) for all categories.

  • Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering was top in the Scottish sector for Overall satisfaction (90.5%) and in the top two for Assessment and feedback (68.9%), Organisation and management (82.5%) and Learning resources (93.5).

  • Chemistry was top in the Scottish sector for Assessment and feedback (82.7%), Organisation and management (84.1%) and Personal development (92.1%). Chemistry also scored highly in Teaching (94.0%) and above sector average in all sections with the exception of Academic Support and Learning Resources.

  • Cinematics & Photography was top in the Scottish sector for Teaching (88.9%), Personal development (81.5%) and Learning resources (92.0%) and scored above the sector overall in all categories with the exception of Assessment & Feedback.

  • Civil Engineering was top in the Scottish sector for Academic Support (97.5%), Organisation and management (91.4%) and Assessment and feedback (80.0%). Was also top in the sector overall for Academic Support and scored above the sector average in all sections with the exception of Learning Resources.

  • Forensic and Archaeological Science scored 80.0% for Overall satisfaction and was first in the Scottish sector for Organisation and management (81.4%).

  • Journalism was top in the Scottish sector for Overall satisfaction (86.8%), Assessment and feedback (76.3%), Academic support (86.7%) and Organisation and management (78.9%). Journalism was also above the sector overall in all categories.

  • Marketing was top in the Scottish sector for Assessment and feedback (76.5%), Academic support (88.9%) and Personal development (88.6%) and was top in the sector overall for Personal Development but 11% below the sector average for Organisation & Management.

  • Media Studies was top in the Scottish sector for Overall satisfaction (86.4%).

  • Psychology was top in the Scottish sector for Assessment and feedback (88.7%) and Academic support (92.2%).

  • Sociology was top in the Scottish sector for Academic support (91.9%)

2013

National Student Survey Results 2013

Overall satisfaction at 83%

  • Marketing was the top institution in the sector overall for the third year running with a satisfaction score of 100%, 4% higher than in 2012 and 16% above the sector average.

  • Cinematics & Photography had risen from the lowest institution in Scotland in 2012 to the highest with an overall satisfaction score of 92%, a rise of 21%.

  • Initial Teacher Training: at 91% ITT was top in Scotland with Dundee University 6% above the sector average.

  • Civil Engineering, despite dropping from the top institution in 2013, had an overall satisfaction score of 95%.

  • Forensic and Archaeological Science had a rise in overall satisfaction of 13% to 95%.

  • Nursing, despite a drop by 3%, had a score of 91% in overall satisfaction.

  • Other Subjects allied to Medicine had an overall satisfaction score of 90% only 3% below the highest institution (Queen Margaret University: 93%).

  • Accounting had an overall satisfaction score of 90%, a rise of 3% on 2012.

  • Music had a rise of 14% in overall satisfaction from 2012, from 70% to 84%.

2012

National Student Survey Results 2012

Overall satisfaction at 84%

  • 66% of our final year students completed the survey 8% higher than the previous year national average response rate across all institutions in 2012.

  • UWS has once again recorded a high level of overall student satisfaction (84%).

  • Civil Engineering (100%), Midwifery (100%) and Marketing (96%) were top in the sector overall for student satisfaction scores

  • Journalism achieved the highest level of student satisfaction in Scotland recording 71%.

  • Chemical Engineering had a satisfaction score of 100% but fell below the threshold for sector comparison (i.e. not enough students on the course completed the survey for it to officially recognised in NSS returns).

  • Chemical Engineering had a satisfaction score of 100% but fell below the threshold for sector comparison (i.e. not enough students on the course completed the survey for it to officially recognised in NSS returns).

We are now examining how we can build on the feedback from NSS 2012 by examining best practice and rolling out best practices across all of our Schools and support departments. You can see the full NSS results for UWS and other UK universities and colleges via the Unistats website.

Last updated: 29/08/2017