Posted 9 July 2020
"This is the fifth year in a row that we have won this category, which speaks to our strong relationships with industry and the professions, together with the outstanding results we have recently seen for graduate employment in the first national Graduate Outcomes survey."
Student reviews have seen Harper Adams University honoured as the top university in the country for job prospects.
The Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) total the ratings provided by 41,000 students from 150 institutions through the UK to identify the top performing universities across a range of categories.
Harper Adams won Gold for Job Prospects and was the second top performer (Silver Award winner) in the Student Support, Course and Lecturers and Accommodation categories.
In the overall University of the Year scoring, Harper Adams placed fifth.
Vice Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn said: “We are delighted that the University won the Gold Award in the category for Job Prospects. This is the fifth year in a row that we have won this category, which speaks to our strong relationships with industry and the professions, together with the outstanding results we have recently seen for graduate employment in the first national Graduate Outcomes survey. Our performance, including our recognition in three other important award categories, placed us as one of the leading universities in the sector, according to the all- important student reviews that informs this award scheme, and I should like to pass on our thanks to our students for their positive comments about their experience at Harper Adams.”
Joana da Silva, Accommodation Manager, echoed Dr Llewellyn's comments: “We are pleased to have received the Silver Award for the Accommodation category. It demonstrates the great experience and service our on-campus residents get during their time with us. Receiving this direct recognition from our residents means a lot for all of the different teams involved in supporting them, from Volunteer Student Wardens and the wider accommodation and student services team as well as other departments such as estates, catering, housekeeping, porters and security.”
Director of Learning, Teaching and International, Andy Jones, remarked: “We are delighted that Harper Adams has won the Silver Award for ‘Courses and Lecturers’ and are very proud of this. Gaining this award, against very strong competition, is a testimony to the high quality of our courses and the remarkable staff at the University. Students provided the feedback, which makes it all the more meaningful. We are very pleased that our staff have been recognised in this way as they often go above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for our students. Having this celebrated within a high profile, national set of awards is excellent.
Rebecca Hayhurst, Head of Student Services said: “We are pleased to have once again been placed for Student Support, it is reflective of the student centred, holistic approach that the University takes to supporting students throughout their journey with us. We continuously strive to provide excellent student support and a positive student experience for all, so an award like this, which reflects genuine and personal feedback from our students, is extremely rewarding for all of those who contribute to making it happen. We are delighted!
Post 92 universities, including Harper Adams, largely outperformed their Russell Group counterparts in all categories of this year’s WUSCA.
The WUSCAs are the only UK university awards with 13 categories determined entirely by student reviews, making them a key insight into how students studying in the UK perceive the nations institutions.
Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, said: “This year, high average review scores across all WUSCA categories demonstrate a widespread effort from UK institutions to both listen and respond to the needs of the students. With the recent challenges facing the sector, to have obtained such high reports of satisfaction across all universities, including those outside of The Russell Group in key categories like Course and Lecturers, is a credit to the value and outstanding experience students feel like they are receiving in their higher education.”