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Harper Adams joint first university in England for student satisfaction, survey reveals

Posted 3 July

"Our staff work hard to provide a supportive, and yet academically challenging, environment for our students and this combination seems to be appreciated not just by those studying with us, but also by graduate employers"

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The NSS 2019 places Harper Adams as joint first university in England and joint third university in the UK for student satisfaction.

Harper Adams University is today revealed as joint first university in England and joint third university in the UK for student satisfaction.

The opinions of students graduating this year form the basis of the National Student Survey outcomes published this morning. Harper Adams’ overall satisfaction rate of just over 90 per cent means it is the highest rated university in the West Midlands.

Harper Adams also scored top overall, among the UK’s universities, in the academic student support section of the survey.

Commenting on the survey results, Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, said: “We were delighted to see that our students graduating this year had commented so positively about their experience at Harper Adams. Our staff work hard to provide a supportive, and yet academically challenging, environment for our students and this combination seems to be appreciated not just by those studying with us, but also by graduate employers.

“The feedback from the National Student Survey will provide some valuable insights for our future planning. In the meantime, we want to say a huge thank you to those who took part in the survey for their vote of confidence in the University and the part they have played in making it a very special institution.”

Further areas of note include outstanding levels of satisfaction with the Agricultural Engineering, Animal Health and Welfare, Animal Science, Veterinary Nursing, Food and Consumer Studies and Food Nutrition and Wellbeing honours degree programmes, which all returned a 100 per cent overall satisfaction rating.

Dr Annette Creedon, Head of the Food Science and Technology Department, said: “With food programmes at Harper having returned a 100 per cent graduate employment rating last summer and now a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating, it’s pleasing to know that studying food science and technology subjects in an institution dedicated to advancing the agri-food chain is proving to be the right choice for our students and graduates.”

And Carwyn Ellis, Head of the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department, welcomed the positive feedback from students completing animal science programmes. “This bodes very well,” he said, “for animal health and wellbeing teaching and learning at Harper Adams. We are working towards the launch next year of the new Harper and Keele Veterinary School, which will offer the West Midlands’ first degrees in veterinary medicine and surgery, but which will also bring together the full range of future animal health professionals with strong emphasis on developing veterinary teams.”

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