University of Chester tops Cambridge in UK league.
Top 10 performances in academic experience and student welfare have resulted in the University of Chester out-ranking the University of Cambridge in a highly-regarded national league table, published today.
Of the 122 UK higher education institutions included in the annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, the University of Chester is joint 15th overall, rising 14 places from its last assessment.
Chester is ninth in the country, with a score of 81.9 for Academic Experience, across a range of criteria: high quality staff/lectures; helpful/interested staff; well-structured courses; effective relationship with teaching staff; tuition in small groups and workload.
In 10th place for Student Welfare, the University has been acknowledged in terms of how personal requirements are catered for and its award-winning support/welfare. High levels of safety and security mean Chester is 18th in the country in that category.
The University’s facilities (including their convenience, quality, whether there are cheap shop/bar amenities, libraries and their opening hours and sports facilities) are judged to be in 30th place in the country and accommodation in 40th position.
The Survey reflects the views of more than 15,000 students across 122 institutions to 21 measures of student experience relating to key areas, ranging from Industry Connections to Societal Experience. Participants had to provide a rating between ‘strongly agree’ and ‘strongly disagree’ to a selection of statements.
Dr Chris Haslam, the University’s Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Development and the Student Experience) said: “The opinions of our students are of the utmost importance and we not only hear what they have to say, but we also listen and respond.
“It is extremely gratifying to see how highly our students rate the University as a whole and that their honest appraisal sees us among the very best of universities nationally. These outstanding performances are independent evidence of all the extremely hard work and dedication which our staff continually put into ensuring the best possible student experience. The THE league table outcomes are a fitting reflection therefore of our exceptional staff and the sound judgement of our students.”