National Student Survey 2014

12 August 2014

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

“Undergraduates at Russell Group universities continue to report higher than average levels of satisfaction with the quality of their course.

“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.

“We believe 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. This environment also produces ‘work-ready’ graduates. Indeed, our graduates are among the most sought after worldwide.

“Employers rank 11 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 students to make choices but it is important to remember that all data can have its limitations. We would 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 an unweighted average of 87.5% course satisfaction amongst undergraduates at Russell Group universities compared to 86% at all higher education institutions.
  2. Our publication A passion for learning explores how our universities provide the ideal learning environment for students to flourish, how they support students to get the most from the education on offer and how they give graduates the best chance of success in the wider world.

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