12 Aug 2014
Loughborough Science departments 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 Physics among the highly rated Science departments.
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 Physics was ranked 10th in the UK for 'Learning Resources' (Mean Score).
The ratings for Science departments in the NSS reflect the excellent work that has been done within departments to both encourage and respond to student feedback, and to create stimulating, supportive academic environments.
Physics graduate Bernice Li said: "The department operates on an 'open-door policy' where students are welcome to approach lecturers at all times during the semester (when available) for those who need assistance. Also, our Student Staff Liaison Committee is at hand, from the most minute problem to more serious issues that require immediate attention to be raised within the department."