Loughborough University offers the best student experience in the country, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey. Rising from second position last year, Loughborough University secured this year’s top spot by meeting or exceeding the sector average in each of the 21 measures used to determine the overall results.
The 2015 THE Student Experience Survey sees last year’s winner, the University of Bath, drop to fifth place, while Harper Adams University enters the rankings for the first time in second place. Keele University has also entered this year’s top ten, while the University of Surrey and the University of Exeter have both exited the top ten.
The top 10 overall ranked universities are:
1. Loughborough University
2. Harper Adams University*
3. University of Sheffield
4. University of Oxford
5. University of Bath
6. University of Leeds
7. University of East Anglia (UEA)
8. Newcastle University
9. University of Cambridge
10. Keele University*
*Denotes an introduction into the top 10 in 2015
John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, comments: “Increasing competition between universities and an intense focus on the student experience are still top of the agenda for the higher education sector. Our survey is perfectly placed to track what this means in practice, and which universities are performing well in specific areas – whether in teaching and learning, or areas such as the standard of facilities, in which many institutions have been investing heavily.”
The THE Student Experience Survey, now in its 11th year, looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition, one created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them.
This year’s survey also shows that students are becoming more demanding of their university with a general growth in their expectations across all 21 measures assessed. Results show that students increasingly value and expect good industry connections, high-quality facilities and good security while also working harder, volunteering more, and doing further extra-curricular activities.
John Gill continues: “As our survey shows, students are becoming more professional in their approach to their studies. They are investing more in their education and are far more clear-eyed in what they expect from their university.
“What’s more, with the greater choice available of where to study following the abolition of the student numbers cap, universities are competing to secure students – and their tuition fee income – to a far greater degree than they used to, meaning students’ expectations now have to be met.”
See the full results and analysis at Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey