This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) has ranked a number of the University of Hertfordshire’s subject areas in the top 10% in the sector.
Economics recorded the highest ‘Assessment and Feedback’ and ‘Academic Support’ scores nationwide, ranking in the top 10% across all topics explored in the NSS survey. Other subject areas that scored within the top 10% nationally include Nutrition and Human & Social Geography for ‘Learning Opportunities’ as well as Biology for ‘Learning Community’ and ‘Student Voice’.
A number of subject areas reported scores of 95% and above for overall student satisfaction, including Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology; Biology; Physical Geography & Environmental Science; Economics; and History. The University as a whole has also improved on ‘Overall Satisfaction’ with 83.49% of students saying they are satisfied with their course, while the sector has seen a decrease in this score among students.
In addition, the University achieved above the sector overall for ‘Learning Resources’ with 86.98% of students saying that they are satisfied; 83.99% for ‘Learning Opportunities’ and over 78.52% of students reporting that they feel part of the community (‘Learning Community’).
Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, said: 'I am delighted that we received such positive feedback in this year’s NSS. The survey provides an excellent feedback mechanism, enabling students to reflect on their university experience. We value their opinions and the results show that our collaborative approach to teaching is working. We will continue to ensure that our students are given the best possible learning and social experiences through state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, teaching and social spaces.'
These positive results follow the news earlier this month that the University’s graduate employment rate rose to 96.5%, a new record high, as well as the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018 announcement which recently awarded the University of Hertfordshire a top gold award for teaching excellence.