Wednesday, 12 August 2015
The University of Worcester has scored its best ever result in the National Student Survey, with some courses ranked as first in the UK for student satisfaction.
Overall student satisfaction at Worcester has risen to 87%, up from 83% last year. The University has pulled ahead of the national average, which this year is 86%.
The National Student Survey is published today and by the University’s consistent calculations, Worcester is now ranked 62nd against 155 other university institutions.
It comes as the University is celebrating a record number of applications from new students.
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “These results are a very positive reflection of the high calibre work within the University and I have much hope that the new courses we are developing and new facilities we are creating will lead to higher achievements still in the years ahead. This result will undoubtedly make us one of the most improved universities in England.”
For First Degrees, Design Studies, which includes Illustration and Graphic Design & Multimedia, has also come out among the top in the Country at 4th out of 93 institutions in this category. The University’s Initial Teacher Training Programme comes out at 8th out of 56 institutions Social Work at 6th out of 91, and Nursing at 9th out of 72.
The response rate to the survey at Worcester leapt from 70% to 78% - so the results are also the most representative ever.
Professor Green puts much of the success down to the University’s investment in new facilities.
“The University of Worcester has long been known for high quality teaching but some of the physical facilities at the University previously let us down,” he said. “In recent years, we have made major efforts to modernise existing facilities and create new ones. This is the first year when the graduates surveyed have had the opportunity to use The Hive throughout their studies. The questions about library services have now produced the best ever result for Worcester.
“Students have also had the opportunity to use excellent new simulation facilities for Nursing, Paramedicine and other health care courses, including Occupational Therapy, as well as the University of Worcester Arena, which opened two years ago.”
The University of Worcester has received more than 14,000 applications from potential students this year, an all-time record.
Elizabeth Roe, who has just completed a degree in Primary Initial Teacher Education with First Class Honours, said: “My time at the University of Worcester was a joy. The teacher training course presented me with so many opportunities to grow as an individual, teacher and professional. I am truly grateful for the experience and will be leaving the University with treasured memories and friends as well as being equipped to step into the next chapter of my life.”
Michaela Pink, who has also earned First Class Honours in her degree in Business Management, added: “My time at the University of Worcester was great, I met so many people and experienced so much. Taking a placement year was one of my best decisions as it's opened up a lot of opportunities and looks great on my CV with my degree.”
The University’s Clearing hotline – 01905 855111 – is now open for those collecting BTEC results, Access qualifications or for those who haven’t previously applied to university and will remain open as A-level results are released on Thursday, August 13th. Available courses are listed on the website and will be regularly updated as places fill.