National Student Survey rates Sussex in top 10 for teaching satisfaction

Over 90% of students at the University of Sussex are happy with the teaching at the university, the latest National Student Survey (NSS) shows. This keeps Sussex in the top 10 universities across the UK for teaching satisfaction.

There were also strong performances among individual subjects at Sussex, with four subjects being rated number one in the UK: Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy and Social Work and all had the highest overall or overall satisfaction scores in their subjects out of all universities in the UK.

American Studies, Anthropology, Drama, Languages and Media Studies were also ranked in their respective top 10s.

The Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), which is jointly run by the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, has separately reported scores.  It scored 95% and was rated as the top higher education institution in the country, and came second out of all 184 institutions in the UK participating in the NSS for its overall satisfaction ratings.

The National Student Survey covers finalists at all UK institutions and was completed in spring 2011 by more than 1,850 final-year students at Sussex - making this the highest response rate ever seen at the University and one of the highest in the country.

The 22 questions asked in the survey cover teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction. On overall satisfaction, the University as a whole scores 89%, putting it in the top 20 universities in the UK and among the very best institutions in London and the south-east.

Taking all 22 questions into account, the University averaged just under 80%, its second highest rating since the Survey began in 2005.

Professor Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said: "With over 75% of our final-year students completing the survey, we can be confident that this is giving us a clear picture of Sussex's areas of strength as well as areas where we can still improve.

"I am pleased that students rate their teaching so highly and judge that how we run their courses is very effective."

"We will use all the scores and the open comments provided by our students in the survey to continue to improve and develop what we do at Sussex."

"With a £6m library refurbishment now being completed and other new initiatives to strengthen personal development, I am confident we can improve even on this good performance in the year ahead."

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Thursday, 18 August 2011