National Student Survey places City in the top 3 London universities for 8 subjects
Results from the 2014 National Student Survey, published today, show that City has been rated top in London for Mechanical Engineering; Ophthalmics; and Aural & Oral Sciences. Subjects ranked in the top three in London are Music, Nursing, Medical Technology, Aerospace Engineering and Psychology. The overall satisfaction rating for City was 83%.
Commenting on the results, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Paul Curran said:
"We have recorded our second highest level of student satisfaction since the survey began.
I'm delighted that a broad range of our subjects has been so highly rated when compared with our London counterparts. Once again, programmes such as Music, Psychology, Politics and Mechanical Engineering have scored over 90%. Other programmes with scores over 90% include Mathematics; Speech & Language Therapy; Optometry; Economics and Accountancy. Some courses have seen significant increases in student satisfaction, which is a testament to the hard work of our academic and Professional Service staff over the last twelve months. Results for other programmes show there is more we need to do and we will be reviewing the results in greater detail and developing action plans in the coming weeks.
In terms of the wider student experience, early analysis shows that our students feel we are improving in areas such as the library, IT resources and the ease with which they can contact staff. Areas where we will need to devote more focus include promptness of feedback and being clearer about assessment arrangements and marking criteria.
The NSS is just one of the ways we seek feedback from our students about their time at City. Our recent 'Your Voice' survey of first and second year students showed that the quality of teaching is highly rated, as is the support offered by academics.
The 2014/15 academic year will see us complete several development projects that are designed to enhance significantly the experience of our students. Our new Students' Union social space comprising a stunning new café and bar will open in September and CitySport, a new 3000 m² sports centre providing some of the best University sports facilities in London, will open later in the academic year.
Taken together, these results and upcoming developments paint a positive picture of student life at City, but there is always more we can do to ensure the best possible student experience."
NSS data are based on the opinions of final year undergraduates across most UK universities and colleges, on several issues including personal development support and assessment and feedback. Results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisors to help make informed choices of where and what to study.