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23 August 2006 PR 06/96

National Student Survey: Loughborough continues to impress its students

Loughborough University has again excelled in the National Student Survey.

Loughborough comes first as the favourite university in the country among full-time students, when data from all the universities that took part in the 2005 survey are combined with the 2006 results released today (23 August).

In the National Student Survey final-year students were asked to rate their satisfaction, out of a maximum score of 5, in seven areas of their degree programme – teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, and overall satisfaction.

In the 2006 survey, when an average score is taken across all seven measures of assessment, Loughborough is ranked in the top five universities among full-time students, gaining a score of 4.10. For the second year in succession, Loughborough was also unbeaten in the ‘learning resources’ category with a rating of 4.3.

In the individual subject areas for 2006, average scores over the seven measures of assessment place Loughborough top of the tables in six subject areas:

Furthermore, Physical Science at Loughborough (which incorporates the Departments of Physics and Chemistry) topped the 2006 tables in each of the seven areas of assessment, gaining an overall satisfaction score of 4.6 and an averaged score of 4.49.

The areas listed above relate to subjects taught in nine departments at Loughborough:

Using the combined survey data for 2005 and 2006, the average scores over the seven measures of assessment place Loughborough top in nine subject areas among full-time students - six more than any other university. The subject areas are:

“We are delighted to have performed so well in both the surveys and that we remain one of the students’ favourites,” said Professor Morag Bell, Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching.

“These results reflect our exceptional record for quality in teaching and learning and our commitment to the overall student experience.”

ENDS

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Judy Smyth, Public Relations Officer,
T: 01509 228697, E: J.L.Smyth@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

1. Loughborough’s first and second place rankings in the 2006 National Student Survey individual subject areas across the seven assessment criteria:

  Teaching

Assesssment
& Feedback

Academic
Support
Organisation
& Management
Learning
Resources
Personal
Development
Overall
Satisfaction
Average
Score

Architecture, Building &
Planning

2nd
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
Civil, Chemical and Other Engineering
2nd
2nd
2nd
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
Communications and Information
Studies
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
Computer Science
2nd
1st
Economics
2nd
2nd
1st
Electronic and Electrical
Engineering
1st
Finance and Accounting
2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
Management
1st
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
Mathematical Sciences
2nd
Mechanical-based Engineering
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
Media Studies
1st
1st
Physical Geography and
Environment Science
2nd
Physical Science
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
1st
Politics
1st
1st
Sociology, Social Policy and
Anthropology
2nd
1st
Sports Science
1st
2nd
Technology
1st
1st
1st
2nd
2nd
1st
1st

2. The subject areas used in the NSS do not map consistently onto the academic departments at Loughborough and the degree courses which we offer. In some subject areas, where the number of students or survey responses was small, there is insufficient data for a result for Loughborough to be published. Further details on the degree courses included in each NSS subject area can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/general/tqi/

3. The National Student Survey is published as part of the national Teaching Quality Information (TQI) site – a collaborative project between the four UK funding bodies and the National Union of Students (NUS). It brings together key sources of official information about the quality of higher education in UK institutions, with a view to making more information available and accessible to university applicants and their advisers. The web site is intended to help potential students compare institutions and subjects and make more informed choices about where to study, and for the first time provides up to date feedback from institutions’ current students on the quality of their course.

4. The National Student Survey results used in this press release exclude privately funded institutions and specialist higher education institutions.

5. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.


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