University of Worcester Courses Rated Highly in Latest Student Survey

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The ‘supportive community of shared talents’ at the University of Worcester makes the institution an ideal place to study, according to one lecturer who saw his subject achieve outstanding results in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The NSS results, released last week, show that a host of University of Worcester courses are performing well above the national average in terms of student satisfaction, after final-year students from across the country were given the chance to share their opinions.

Design Studies at the University of Worcester registered 87%, compared to the national average of 80%.

Senior Lecturer, David James, says: “This very encouraging result reflects the confidence that our students have in their learning experience here at Worcester, and is a source of pride for both students and staff.

“In developing our courses, we have listened to our students’ expectations and to what prospective employers require of graduates.

“Students also appreciate the fact that our module sizes allow close attention from their tutors and that contact time – the number of hours of teaching combined with tutor access – is high,” he continues.

“This enables us to treat our students as individuals, monitor their progress and offer help when it is needed. There is a real sense of a supportive community of shared talents.”

In terms of numbers, leading the way at the University of Worcester was Physical Geography and Environmental Science, which registered a student satisfaction rating of 100%.

Several other courses returned excellent results, including Sociology and History, both of which scored an impressive 96%.

The history result is 5% above the national average for the subject and Darren Oldridge, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Worcester, says: “The History team at Worcester offer a friendly and supportive environment for students, and invite them to engage in the latest scholarship in the field.

“We are delighted that the NSS results reflect our commitment to these values.”

Close behind History and Sociology was the University of Worcester’s Drama course, which returned student satisfaction results of 94% - 9% above the national average.

Stuart Currie, Lecturer in Drama and Performance, says: “We’re very pleased with the NSS feedback. We think that the 94% satisfaction rate reflects both the wide content of the modules we offer and the kind of active learning that we encourage.

“We also must acknowledge the quality and commitment of our students.”

Also performing well was Journalism – the University of Worcester course came in 8% higher than the national average, at 83%.

Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism, says: “The journalism course at Worcester is attractive to students as it equips them with a range of skills in readiness for work in a range of professions.

“One of our recent graduates has secured a contract with the BBC and others are working online, in print and in Communications and Public Relations.

She adds: “The course is up-to-date in terms of the technology and working practices and we are in the final stage of securing full accreditation with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

“We get to know all of our students and we help them to select modules that will maximise their chances of success in their chosen careers.”