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Students give Teesside vote of confidence

The most satisfied Art & Design students in England are at the University of Teesside, according to the second National Student Survey (NSS).

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University of Teesside students outside the University’s Learning Resource Centre

University of Teesside students outside the University’s Learning Resource Centre


Media Studies and History courses were voted amongst the top in the UK in their subject areas for overall student satisfaction.

The following subject areas were rated above the national average in terms of overall student satisfaction:

  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • English-based Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Mechanically-based Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Teesside students rated their learning resources the best nationally (along with seven other universities) and gave their academic support an above average score. The University achieved an overall satisfaction score of 4 out of 5.

In the context of the North-East's five Universities, the results put Teesside:

  • Joint top for learning resources
  • Joint top for academic support
  • Joint top for assessment and feedback
  • Joint second for teaching on my course
  • Joint second for overall satisfaction
  • Equal to the others for personal development

In addition, the majority of Teesside's subject scores have exceeded last year's results.

Professor Leni Oglesby, the University of Teesside's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) said: "All of us at the University of Teesside are absolutely delighted that the results of the second year of the National Student Survey exceed the outstanding results of 2005. The survey again shows that the University of Teesside is a first class place in which to study. As we look forward to welcoming our new students in a few weeks time, we also look forward to building even further on the excellence of that student experience."

Stephen Dowson, President of the University of Teesside Students' Union said: "It's very encouraging to see that the University is performing so well in many areas and that student satisfaction remains high. Here at the Students' Union we're sure the University will respond positively and effectively to all the results of the National Student Survey and other research. We look forward to working with them to keep improving all aspects of the student experience."

In total, over 1,400 University of Teesside students responded to the government's survey which had the backing of the higher education funding councils and the National Union of Students. The results form part of the new Teaching Quality Information website for prospective students and their advisors.

01 September 2006