Happiness is the key to college’s success

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Lancashire’s agricultural students are among the best - and the happiest- in the country.

Myerscough College, near Preston, has been given a glowing report by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the quality and standards of provision.

And, according to the latest national Students’ Satisfaction Survey nearly 90 per cent of it’s scholar are more than happy with their courses at the Bilsborrow-based institution.

According to these results Myerscough received the highest overall satisfaction levels of land-based institutions in the North West, placing it in the top five of such colleges in the country.

In five of the six categories covered by the survey, satisfaction levels of Myerscough College students increased, and remain above the national average

Areas including general teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support and personal development all scored higher than in the same survey in 2013 and are all above national average figures.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the HEFCE said: “I’m delighted to see record levels of student satisfaction this year, as well as marked improvements in satisfaction with assessment and feedback over the last decade.’’

A team of QAA reviewers visited Myerscough in the summer term and in their final report the inspectors said academic standards, the quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about learning opportunities all meet strict UK expectations.

Overall, the quality of student learning opportunities at Myerscough was ‘commended’ meaning that, in this area, the college exceeded national expectations.

Principal and chief executive officer Ann Turner said: “The report makes for an excellent read. We’ve really achieved some significant steps forward since our last QAA review in 2010 and these have now been externally validated.’’

She added: “This year we have met all our targets with regards student numbers and applications have been the highest they have ever been.

“We continue to be exemplars of good practice across the land based and sport sector. Of all the reports under the new system that began this year we’re at the top. The figures show that ours is the best report in the country. It’s fantastic that we can say we’re the best in the country for higher education provision.”