Brighton University student satisfaction levels rise again

Posted On 17 Aug 2011 at 12:01 am

The proportion of students giving Brighton University the highest rating in the National Student Survey has risen again.

This year 83 per cent awarded the university the highest rating – up from 79 per cent a year ago.

Satisfaction levels were more than 90 per cent for some subjects, the university said, including biology, chemistry, linguistics, mathematics, politics and sports science.

Nearly two thirds of Brighton University students responded to 22 questions seeking their views on their university education for the survey, published today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In almost every category, more students said they were satisfied.

They praised staff for making subjects interesting, explaining them well, for being enthusiastic and making courses intellectually stimulating.

A growing number of students thought their courses had made them more confident and had helped improve their communication skills.

The majority thought that courses were well organised and were run smoothly.

The survey gathers feedback on students’ perception of their courses from all British universities.


The aim is to help inform prospective applicants as they choose where to study and to contribute to public accountability.

Almost 4,000 final-year students at Brighton were asked for their views on six areas of their student experience.

These included teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.

Professor Julian Crampton, Brighton University vice-chancellor, said: “We are delighted more students than ever have said they are happy with their courses and I’m very pleased our staff have received such high ratings – recognition they richly deserve.

“Students value the relevance and quality of the courses we provide at the University of Brighton.

“Each year our students graduate equipped to make a significant contribution to economic and social development through professions as diverse as civil engineering, medicine, graphic design, accountancy, nursing and teaching.

“The university provides an excellent teaching and learning environment for students and this survey is a valuable tool in helping us understand what is working well and where we need to improve.

“We shall be studying the results in greater detail and feeding back some of the changes we have introduced as a result of the survey to our students.

“We would like to thank all our final year students who completed the survey and all staff for contributing to the quality of the student experience.”


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