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The latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey places Newcastle University in the top 10 in the UK, cementing it as one of the leading institutions in the country for the experience it offers to students. Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, shares details of the latest survey results.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey is a high-profile independent guide, in which students rate their university across 21 measures based on a seven-point rating from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. The survey covers a wide range of student experience areas, such as: academic experience, university facilities, societal experience, student welfare, accommodation, industry connections, and security.

The University is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student experience for the third year in a row. We achieved excellent scores across a range of areas, including high quality staff and lectures, helpful and interested staff, good support and welfare, and high quality facilities. 

Our students placed us third overall in the recommendations category (students who would recommend Newcastle University to a friend). We were also ranked third in the societal experience category, encompassing social life, community atmosphere, extracurricular activities, societies and good environment around campus.

What was particularly pleasing was that our students continue to rank their experience so highly. This consistently outstanding performance is credit to our staff whose excellent academic and personal support ensures our students get the most from their time studying and living here.

The positive results are underpinned by our commitment to continue to deliver outstanding student experience and excellent environment for our students’ learning, teaching and research, as well as their personal and professional development.

In order to maintain our strong position, we are continuing to invest in those areas that matter most to our students. These include a £30m investment in new state–of-the-art sports facilities, and the opening of the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms in 2016. Next year, the £75.5m Park View Student Village will open its doors to 1,300 future students.

These latest results come on the back of a number of other independent surveys where Newcastle University has also scored highly.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS), shows that 90% of our students are happy with their time in Newcastle – placing us joint 12th in the UK when compared against comparator institutions.

In the latest International Student Barometer (ISB) Survey 2016, we scored a satisfaction rating of 94% amongst our international students. 

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching


published on: 27th March 2017


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