Sussex is “the place to be” for third year running

Sussex is rated by its students as the “best place to be” in England, according to the latest international survey of the student experience.

The summer 2009 Student Barometer survey run by i-Graduate consisted of two surveys: one of international students, and another of ‘home’ UK students on taught postgraduate degrees and in their first year of undergraduate study or postgraduate research.

A total of 87 per cent of UK students (as well as 80 per cent of international students) said they would encourage other prospective students to apply to Sussex, and 46 per cent would actively encourage others, up from 35 per cent last year.

Surveyors i-Graduate included detailed questions on satisfaction with, ‘Learning’, ‘Living’ and ‘Support’.

Ninety per cent of UK students at Sussex said they were satisfied with their ‘Learning’, placing Sussex 4th of 22 institutions that participated in the UK version of the survey. The percentage for international students was 85 per cent. There were particularly high ratings for the Library and for language support.

On ‘Living’, the results for UK students were very similar to those for international students, with about 83 per cent satisfied overall. Both UK and international students rated Sussex as the “best place to be” in England.

The highest Sussex scores were for ‘Support’. A satisfaction rate of 91.3 per cent among UK students placed Sussex ninth out of 22 participating institutions.

Dr Philip Baker, Head of International Liaison, says: “Once again, the ISB results reflect the international appeal of the University to students beyond the UK. We will continue to build on this good opinion through our provision of courses, facilities and support for international students.”

As well as positive scores, the surveys continued to highlight issues that need to be addressed, with all institutions facing high expectations from international students for support for employability and help with finding part-time work.

Notes to Editors


The International Student Barometer (ISB) is the largest study of international students in the world. The purpose of the survey is to measure whether students' expectations were met by the University and whether students were satisfied with their experience. The ISB is carried out twice a year to gauge students' views at different stages in their period of study focussing on learning and living experiences, and on opinions of the University's support services.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 October 2009