National Student Survey 2016

10 August 2016

Commenting on the HEFCE National Student Survey 2016, Director General of the Russell Group, Dr Wendy Piatt said: 

“It is rewarding to see that once again students at Russell Group universities show higher than average levels of overall satisfaction with the quality of their course.

“Our universities are committed to taking students’ views and needs very seriously and to providing an outstanding student experience where teaching is enhanced by world-class research and facilities.

“Our students graduate with deep subject knowledge and robust analytical skills but are also creative and entrepreneurial problem-solvers – ensuring they have the best chance of success in the global employment market - 11 of the top 50 universities in the world, as ranked by employers, are Russell Group universities.

“But we are always looking at ways to make the student experience even better. Our universities continue to invest millions of pounds in improving the teaching, facilities and services available to our students.

“While these results can help prospective students make good choices it is important to remember that data can have its limitations. We urge students to read up on courses and information available online, go to open days and talk to careers advisers and others to find out which degree course will suit them.”


  1.        The NSS data shows an unweighted average of 87% course satisfaction amongst undergraduates at our universities compared to 86% across all higher education institutions.
  1.        According to the QS world university rankings 2015/16, 11 of the top 50 universities in the world, as ranked by employers, are Russell Group universities.
  1.        80.5% of Russell Group university graduates are in professional employment six months after graduation compared to 68.9% of graduates from non-Russell Group universities.
  1.          Our publication A passion for learning and accompanying film explore how Russell Group universities provide a learning environment where students can 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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