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12 Aug 2014

Department of Mathematical Sciences rated highly in National Student Survey

Student satisfaction at Loughborough has increased again, according to the latest National Student Survey, published on 12 August - with the Department of Mathematical Sciences achieving 92% overall satisfaction.

The annual survey asks final year undergraduate students to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of their degree programme – the teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and their overall satisfaction.

In each of these areas Loughborough’s results are higher than the UK sector average.

Eighty-nine percent of Loughborough’s students, compared with a national average of 86%, are satisfied overall with their course, placing the University in the top 15% of the UK’s 156 higher education institutions.

Loughborough Students’ Union also achieved a 90% satisfaction rating.

Loughborough students rated the University particularly well for its learning resources, with 92% of them, compared with the UK average of just 85%, saying they were satisfied with the library resources, the IT services and the specialist facilities and equipment.

Eighty-eight percent of Loughborough students were also satisfied with the organisation and management of their course, significantly ahead of the sector average of 79%.

Almost 77% of Loughborough’s final year undergraduates took part in the survey, compared withthe national average response rate of 71%.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is rated very highly in the survey:

  • 92% Overall Student Satisfaction
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Overall Satisfaction
  • 1st for 'Learning Resources'
  • 4th for 'Teaching On My Course'
  • 5th for 'Organisation and Management'
  • 5th for 'Personal Development' (Mean Scores)

These results highlight the exceptional academic environment that the Department has worked hard to create in terms of its teaching, study facilities and providing development opportunities for students, including professional placements and options to study abroad.

Mathematics with Economics graduate Ben Abrahams said: "Maths at Loughborough offered the broadest and most supportive style of education. The Maths Learning Support Centre was certainly a key attraction since it appeared to be a useful means of bridging the gap between school learning and university learning. The lecturers are articulate and teach a coherent syllabus. The lecturers always have their office doors open to questions and are easily approachable. The Maths Learning Support Centre is very supportive and one of the most useful resources provided by the university."

The Department's ratings in the NSS also reflect the excellent work that has been done to both encourage and respond to student feedback.