Top marks for University in National Student Survey

Top marks for University in National Student Survey

Students have given the quality of teaching at the University of Aberdeen their seal of approval in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The University has been ranked well above the UK average across every teaching measure, while overall student satisfaction stands at 87 per cent – again, well above the sector average.

The NSS is an annual survey of nearly half a million UK students that gathers opinions on their experiences of studying at their chosen institution, and is scored across a range of criteria.

Aberdeen’s life sciences and medicine courses have been ranked particularly highly, with Biology, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology equal first in the UK for overall student satisfaction, and Medicine equal third in the UK and first in Scotland. 

Meanwhile, physical sciences subjects score highly for the quality of teaching, with Civil Engineering and Physical Geography ranked equal first in the UK. 

Arts, languages and social sciences have also performed well, with Music first in Scotland for overall student satisfaction, along with German and Scandinavian Studies.  Cinematics and Photography is equal first in the UK for teaching quality, while Philosophy came first in Scotland.  Meanwhile, Economics is equal fourth in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

This year’s survey follows data from the Department for Education which showed many of our graduates can expect to earn significantly more than the sector average for their profession, with engineering and technology graduates among the top earners in the UK.

Commenting on the NSS results, University of Aberdeen Principal, Professor Sir Ian Diamond said:

“As a University we are committed to providing students with a transformational learning experience, and our performance in this year’s survey is testament to this ambition.

“We have performed strongly across every teaching measure, which is indicative of the quality of our academic staff and the relationships they have with their students.

“Our commitment to delivering excellence in education is reflected by these results, which show that our students can expect to receive a world-class education that allows them to fulfil their full potential.”