Students rate Sussex at sixth for teaching and learning

A new national survey of student opinion ranks the University of Sussex at sixth in the UK for its teaching and learning.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey of more than 11,000 students at 104 UK universities (14 January 2010) measured the quality of staff and lectures; how helpful and interested staff are; whether courses are well-structured; personal relationships with teaching staff; tuition group size; and fairness of workload.

The top six universities (in order) in the teaching and learning category are Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Aberystwyth, Leicester and Sussex.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing said: "This survey reflects the excellence of the student experience that Sussex is able to offer its students.  We will continue to do all we can to improve the opportunities for our students with new initiatives to help boost their skills for future employment."

As well as the quality of teaching, the survey asks about student support, social life and institutional facilities.  Overall, the University rose to 26th place in 2009, from just outside the top 50 in 2008.

The popularity of Sussex continues to be reflected in  undergraduate application figures, which currently show a 32 per cent increase on last year.

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Tuesday, 19 January 2010