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Harper Adams tops THE survey

Harper Adams University takes the top spot in Times Higher Education's Student Experience Survey results for 2017

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | March 23, 2017 | Students

The best universities in the UK for student experience – as decided by current students – have been revealed.

Harper Adams University takes the top spot in Times Higher Education's Student Experience Survey results for 2017, in only its second year of being eligible for the survey. 

Harper Adams beat competition from more than 120 other universities to reach the top spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey. It won high praise from students for its quality of teaching, campus facilities and strong community atmosphere.

More than 15,000 students were questioned about their university experience across 22 criteria including teaching, accommodation, facilities and social aspects.

Vice-Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “Our students have obviously responded very positively to bring this result about, and I just want to say a huge thank you to them for their support.

Great facilities, good connections with employers and a strong academic community are a winning formula, and we are delighted that it has resulted in us coming first in the UK in this year’s survey

“Our staff work very hard to ensure that our students get a great education at Harper Adams, while our Students’ Union team runs an enviable social programme. These factors, together with great facilities, good connections with employers and a strong academic community are a winning formula, and we are delighted that it has resulted in us coming first in the UK in this year’s survey.” 

The University of Sheffield, the University of Leeds and the University of Surrey, round off the top five universities in the UK, as voted for by students.

This year, the presentation of the results has changed slightly. Universities are still given points for 21 separate attributes, but there are now seven composite groups made up of up to five of the 21 attributes. The seven composite groups cover: academic experience, university facilities, societal experience, student welfare, accommodation, industry connections, and security.  

As well as finishing top overall in the survey, Harper Adams was the ranked number one in the “good community atmosphere”; “well-structured courses” and “personal requirements catered for” measures.

It was also joint second for “helpful/interested staff” and “good environment on campus”; and equal third for “good social life”.

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