University of Derby rises 38 places in National Student Satisfaction survey

15 July 2020

The University of Derby has risen 38 places in the national rankings, achieving a rating of 85 percent overall student satisfaction in this year’s National Survey of Students (NSS).

It also achieved 100% overall satisfaction in 14 subject areas in the high-profile annual census of nearly half a million final year students across the UK, commissioned by the Office for Students.

Students gave a clean sweep of positive feedback for subjects including Business and Management, Sport Management, Civil Engineering, Commercial Photography, Child and Youth Studies, Health and Social Care and LLB with Criminology.

Derby’s 2020 satisfaction rate has seen it rise to 55th in the national rankings, out of 155 UK higher education institutions.

The University credited closer working with student representatives after increasing its scores in the key areas of teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, learning resources, and student voice.

To ensure that students play a meaningful part in University decision-making, the Union of Students are represented on key internal committees, are part of the University’s Governing Council and are involved in the recruitment process for Executive appointments.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “The quality of the experience our students have during their studies is of paramount importance to us, so to see that overall satisfaction has risen is very pleasing. The result is testament to listening closely to the needs of our students, the dedication of our staff and the high quality teaching at Derby.

“We are not complacent and are determined to continue improving the experience of our students. It has been a hugely unsettling time for everyone but our staff have worked tirelessly to implement the transition to off-campus teaching as the country went into lockdown, and we are now looking forward to a new academic year, and a new blended approach to learning, which we will make as full and rewarding for our students as possible.”

Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic and Student Experience), added: “One of the great strengths at Derby is the partnership we have with our students. We ensure that the student voice is at the heart of our decision-making, whether that be related to developing our curriculum or ensuring that we remain a university which opens its doors to all who have the ambition and desire to learn and progress.”
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