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Harper Adams University remains one of the UK’s best universities for student satisfaction

Posted 27 July

Harper Adams University remains one of the UK’s best universities for student satisfaction, figures from the Office for Students reveal today.

The OfS has published the results of the 2018 National Student Survey.

Harper Adams scored 89% overall satisfaction, making it joint 8th in the UK (with 89% being the fifth highest score) of all higher education providers*

Harper also has the sixth highest score from the “learning community” section of the survey; eighth overall for the Academic Support section; and sixth for students receiving sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their courses.

For its core agriculture course suite, Harper Adams ranks second in the UK for student satisfaction, with the highest score for first-degree agriculture students being “provided with opportunities to apply what they have learned” and a first overall for student satisfaction with non first-degree agriculture routes (including the Foundation Science agriculture programme).

Also performing exceptionally well for student satisfaction are the food science courses, with Harper Adams ranked fourth overall in the UK for Food and Beverage Studies. The university has the second highest level of satisfaction for the organisation and smooth running of its food courses and for providing student with “opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth”.

The results of the National Student Survey, carried out by the Office for Students and the UK higher education funding bodies, will be used by Harper Adams University and its student union to improve students’ academic experience.

Nationally, overall student satisfaction is 83 per cent in comparison with 84 per cent last year. Eight per cent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their higher education experience and the remaining eight per cent were dissatisfied.

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of The Office for Students, said:

“While we have seen overall satisfaction fall by one percent, many questions have maintained their satisfaction levels including the student voice, academic support, learning resources and assessment and feedback questions.

We run the NSS to help ensure that students’ voices are heard and understood – so that universities and colleges can work to give all students a positive experience of higher education. The NSS is a highly credible and long-established survey which continually achieves a very high response rate. The results are an invaluable tool for universities and colleges to improve students’ experience of higher education.”

The 2018 National Student Survey results are available on the Office for Students website.   

The NSS covers mainly final-year undergraduates studying for higher education qualifications at UK higher education providers and at further education colleges in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The survey is funded by the four UK higher education regulatory/funding bodies (the Office for Students, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Economy Northern Ireland), and Health Education England.

*As listed by HESA

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