Stirling University climbs the table in National Student Survey

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The University of Stirling has placed joint-third in Scotland for overall student satisfaction, according to the 2016 National Student Survey.

Overall satisfaction among students is now at 89%, an increase of 3% from the previous year’s survey. Stirling is now joint-23rd in the UK for student satisfaction, excluding smaller and specialist organisations. This increase sees Stirling University placed above the national average of 86%.

Stirling is top in Scotland for English, Journalism Studies, Media Studies and Sociology – as well as being joint-first for Finance.

The student union saw a 1% increase in satisfaction from the previous year, in a year where many student unions across the country saw a decrease.

Subjects such as Mathematics and Statistics, and Social Policy also received a 100% satisfaction rating from students, placing them joint-first in the country.

There was a notable increase in this year’s survey in satisfaction over assessment feedback. 67% of students surveyed felt that the feedback on their assignments had been prompt, a 6% increase on the previous year. This result follows the introduction of the student union’s Feedback Friday initative, and places Stirling above the Scottish average for feedback and in-line with the UK average.

Vice Chancellor Gerry McCormac has called the results “fantastic” and placed emphasis on Stirling’s new place in the national tables.

“As you are aware, in April we launched our five year Strategic Plan with an ambition to be one of the top 25 universities in the UK by 2021,” he said.

“Increasing student satisfaction and achieving a top-quartile position in the NSS is one of our markers of success: today’s excellent results mark an important milestone and demonstrate we are on the right course.”

He added: “I want to thank colleagues in faculties and service directorates for their contribution to these excellent results.”

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