Students are satisfied

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY vice-chancellor Prof Mark E Smith
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY vice-chancellor Prof Mark E Smith
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When it comes to student satisfaction, Lancashire is the place to be.

The county’s universities have fared well in the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey.

Lancaster tops the list, coming in fourth place nationally when colleges and FE centres are excluded.

Overall 91 per cent of students at Lancaster said they were satisfied with their course - seven per cent higher than the national average.

This ranking comes hard on the heels of a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which measures teaching quality alongside employment outcomes and programme completion.

Lancaster’s vice-chancellor Professor Mark E Smith said: “Staff at Lancaster University put a huge amount of effort into providing a high quality learning experience for our students.

“They do this in partnership with our students and I would like to congratulate everyone on another very strong result for Lancaster.”

He added: “We take the NSS very seriously because it gives us important feedback about how to further improve the quality of our teaching.

“Although we are regularly amongst the top 10 for overall satisfaction that doesn’t mean that we are complacent or cannot do better.”

This year more than 300,000 final year students at more than 500 universities and colleges took part in the annual survey, which records in detail how students feel about their learning experience.

Preston’s University of Central Lancashire features in the top third nationally.