A NATIONAL survey has found that students at the University of Chester are ‘happier than ever’.
Feedback from the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) rated the academic support at the university as joint best in the North West and Chester Students’ Union as the leader in its field.
In terms of overall satisfaction across all categories, the university scored 88 per cent and ranks joint second in the region and two per cent above the sector average.
Prof Tim Wheeler, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “The university prides itself on putting students first and the NSS figures, which speak for themselves, are a tribute to the university’s staff, who always aspire to the very highest standards.
“Our performance has risen incrementally since the NSS began in 2005. This coincides with a time when all other institutions are also raising their game, so the latest achievement is doubly significant. The NSS is a barometer which is increasingly consulted by prospective students vying for university places.”
Scores for assessment and feedback and teaching have also earned the university joint second place in the region.
Individual subjects have excelled at national level with psychology, media studies and tourism, transport and travel ranking in the top five.
Courses attracting the highest praise from students include English, midwifery, nutrition and dietetics, sociology, and sport and exercise sciences.
Final year students from every UK higher education institution are invited to participate in the NSS – 70 per cent of eligible students at the University of Chester completed the evaluation.
Chester Students’ Union president Katie Badman said: “We are incredibly proud that, thanks to our students’ answers, CSU has now risen to the top of the North West league, having come second when students were first asked about satisfaction with their students’ union last year.”