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Teesside bucks national trend in student satisfaction survey

07 August 2009 @TeessideUni


Teesside University bucked the national trend by recording a three per cent rise in overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

And history scored a remarkable 100% for student satisfaction.

Nationally student satisfaction rates fell marginally by 1% from 82% last year to 81% in this year’s national survey.

But Teesside University’s figure went up from 81% to 84% for overall student satisfaction.

Doing best of all was history, scoring 100% and making it joint top in the UK for satisfied students. And among the satisfied History students from Teesside is Laura Cuff, 23, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough. She graduated last year and is about to start her first post as a teacher at St Bernadette’s RC Primary School in Middlesbrough.

Laura said: 'History is a subject I was always passionate about and chose to study it at Teesside because it has such a good reputation for History. The lecturers were supportive from every angle and all had expertise in their own individual areas. In fact the lecturers support was unflinching throughout my three years at the University. If you have a passion for the subject of History then I’d recommend Teesside, the teaching expertise is second to none.'

The 22 questions in the survey measure student satisfaction in their courses and teaching at different universities.

In all seven subject areas scored over 90% for overall student satisfaction at Teesside.

  • history 100%
  • law 95%
  • nursing 95%
  • psychology 94%
  • sociology 92%
  • anatomy physiology and pathology 92%
  • social work 91%

And seven subjects taught at Teesside were in the top ten nationally for overall satisfaction. These were history (joint first), nursing (joint third); law (seventh); design studies (eighth); social work (eighth); psychology (ninth) medical technology (radiography) (tenth).

Professor Caroline MacDonald, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: 'I am delighted that Teesside University has, for the fifth year running registered such an outstanding performance in the National Student Survey. With seven subjects ranked in the top ten nationally for student satisfaction, this really is a vote of confidence from our students.

'The experience of our students is a priority for all the staff at the University and we will continue to work to build on our reputation and strengths in student support and learning.'

Tim Cobbett, Academic Registrar, said: 'Teesside scored above the national average in 20 out the 22 questions asked in the survey and we performed particularly well for library provision, IT resources and specialist equipment.

'The results also put Teesside in joint fourth place nationally among the modern universities and show the progress we are making in building our reputation.'

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