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Durham students among the most satisfied in UK

(17 August 2011)

Students at Durham University

Students at Durham University are among the most satisfied in the UK, according to this year's National Student Survey (NSS).

Durham registered its highest ever overall rating with 90 per cent of students expressing their satisfaction with the quality of their course compared to a national average of 83 per cent. As a result, Durham has risen thirteen places to eleventh in the NSS table and eighth among full-subject universities.*

The independent annual survey evaluates how satisfied students are with the overall quality of their higher education experience. Students rated their satisfaction in seven areas of academic life: teaching; assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management; learning resources; personal development and overall satisfaction.

Durham students are particularly satisfied with the teaching that they receive and 92 per cent of respondents described their course as intellectually stimulating.

Durham has seen rises in six out of seven areas: Teaching on my course, Assessment and Feedback, Academic Support, Organisation and Management, Personal Development, and Overall Satisfaction.

Durham University departments such as Business and History registered particularly high satisfaction ratings of 95 per cent and 98 per cent respectively. Theology registered a rating of 100 per cent satisfaction.

Professor Anthony Forster, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, said: "We are delighted that our students rate their experience at Durham so highly. Our courses and research-led teaching offer a world-class educational experience for students who are part of a close knit academic community.

"Our collegiate system provides unique opportunities and extensive support for students to develop wider skills, to network, volunteer, to participate in arts and sports, and to learn and to grow in ways that complement their academic studies.

"We are investing more than £100m to further improve our sports facilities and extending our library, building a new Law School, and providing a new centre for student services that will house admissions, counselling, welfare support and careers advice. These facilities will further enhance the student experience at Durham and will open in 2012."

Durham Students' Union Education and Welfare Officer, Scott Parker, said:
"Durham University is a great place for students to live and study. We benefit from excellent research and teaching as well as world class development opportunities for all students to get involved in.

"Student support forms the foundations of the system and Durham's distinctive collegiate structure allows students to leave Durham with the best possible opportunity to develop and succeed in life."

The ratings follow excellent league table results for Durham University. The 2012 Complete University Guide ranked Durham as the fifth best institution in the country and the 2012 Times Good University Guide published in June ranked Durham sixth and in the top four full subject universities. Durham is ranked 85th in the Times Higher Education world universities table and the 2010 QS World University rankings placed Durham in the top 25 globally for the reputation of its graduates among the world's blue-chip employers.

* In terms of ranking for all HEIs, Durham University has risen from joint 24th in 2010 to joint 11th in 2011. When monotechnics and specialist HEIs are excluded, Durham has risen from joint 19th in 2010 to joint 8th in 2011.

Web links:
The Durham Award: http://www.dur.ac.uk/careers/employers/durhamaward/

Experience Durham: http://www.dur.ac.uk/study/experience/

Students' Union: http://www.dsu.org.uk/

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