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Wednesday 12 August 2015

Solent tops the charts for student satisfaction

Courses from Southampton Solent University’s Publicity Studies and Building programmes* have been ranked first in the country for ‘overall satisfaction’ in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS).

The NSS is a high-profile national survey that has been asking final-year undergraduates to give their opinions and honest feedback on their courses since 2005.

For the second consecutive year, Southampton Solent has recorded its highest ever scores for all seven survey areas and achieved its highest ever percentage for ‘overall satisfaction’ (82%).

A third of the University’s departments received overall satisfaction rates of more than 90%, and the following courses recorded a score of 100%: BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communication, BA (Hons) Fashion Graphics, BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science, BA (Hons) Football Studies and Business.

Solent’s scores have increased from last year by a higher margin than the sector average on all seven survey areas, and are now higher than the sector in the following two areas: ‘personal development’ and ‘learning resources’.

Southampton Solent’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Jane Longmore, says: “These results are testament to the continued advances we have made in the ten years since we were awarded university status.  We will continue to invest our time and resources into building an excellent university and enhancing the student experience at Solent.”

More than 300,000 final-year students responded to the survey this year, from 155 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), 190 Further Education Colleges (FECs) and five private Higher Education providers from across the UK (Note 1). This represents a response rate of 71 per cent, the same as last year.

The results of the survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of UK funding bodies, provides valuable information for prospective students.

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*Ranking subject-level results (JACS subjects, a national classification of courses)