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The University of Buckingham rated joint 4th in England for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey

5 July 2019

The University of Buckingham has ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction and has scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago.

The ranking places Britain’s oldest private and first not-for-profit independent university as first for student satisfaction in the Greater London and South East England region. The results show that there is a growing trend for smaller universities to be rated highly for student satisfaction.

The University has had a great response to one of its fastest growing courses, Medicine, with an overall score for student satisfaction of 91 per cent. The inaugural Medical School cohort graduated in June, and the MB ChB Medicine course recently received General Medical Council (GMC) accreditation.

The University also scored high in other areas of the NSS Survey, with an average of 80% for academic support, with 88% of students saying they are able to contact staff when they need to. 79% of students also said that they received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course and, 73% said that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course.

Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldon, is thrilled with the results. He said: “Once again, Buckingham has scored excellently in the National Student Survey. We started taking part in the survey fourteen years ago and have consistently been placed in the top 10 in England and scored highly in many other areas. This goes to show how amazing both the academic staff and students are; I am immensely proud of all members of the University, and everyone should be proud of themselves too.”

Journalism student at The University of Buckingham, Samantha Carmichael said: “Studying an accelerated degree at Buckingham is both challenging and rewarding; yet seeing the NSS results makes it all worth it. The student body are lucky to be a part of such a special university, full of brilliant lecturers and high teaching quality.”

The National Student Survey is an annual survey directed at final year university students. It consists of a sequence of 27 questions regarding different areas of student experience and encourages students to provide honest feedback on their course and university as a whole.