National Student Survey 2013

13 August 2013

Responding to the National Student Survey published by HEFCE today, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

“Once again these figures show undergraduates at Russell Group universities report higher than average levels of satisfaction with the quality of their course.

“All our universities work hard to make sure they have high levels of satisfaction and low-drop-out rates - we have some of the best university completion rates in the world – and we are pleased with this strong endorsement from students themselves.

“The combination of teaching and research excellence in our universities creates the ideal learning environment. Our students engage in research processes, work with the leading experts in their field, have access to first-rate libraries and facilities, and are part of a highly motivated and talented peer group.

“A research-intensive environment also produces ‘work-ready’ graduates who are highly adaptable to new work environments and able to learn new information and skills very quickly. Indeed, our graduates are among the most sought after worldwide.

“Employers rank 10 Russell Group universities in the top 30 universities in the world, and Russell Group graduates receive on average 10% more in salary than those from other universities.

“We welcome data which makes it easier for prospective student to make choices but it is important to remember that all data can have its limitations and we urge students to read up on courses, look at information available online, go to open days and talk to careers advisers and others to find out what degree course will suit them.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The National Student Survey shows 88% of undergraduates at Russell Group universities are satisfied with their course compared to 85% overall.
  2. The National Student Survey results can be found here.

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