Student satisfaction at the University of Portsmouth has risen to 87 per cent, placing Portsmouth joint top of the post-92 universities and in the top 25 of English mainstream universities.
The results of the 2012 National Student Survey mark the sixth year running Portsmouth students have rated their university above the English national average which, this year, stands at 84 per cent.
The University also scored higher in every category than in 2011, itself a record year.
Nationally, students are more satisfied with their experience at universities or colleges than at any time in the eight years the survey has been run.
The survey is independent and asks students across the UK to give feedback on the quality of their teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.
Portsmouth staff were particularly well regarded – 92 per cent of students thought staff were good at explaining things; 88 per cent thought staff were enthusiastic about their subject; and 87 per cent were able to contact staff when needed. Students also rated the University Library highly, with 85 per cent saying they were satisfied, again exceeding the sector average.
Nearly 70 per cent of Portsmouth students took part in the survey, including students from the UK and abroad, and those studying full-time and part-time.
Subject areas with exceptionally high student satisfaction, placing them in the top ten per cent nationally for overall satisfaction, include Academic Studies in English (foundation degrees); Building; Journalism; Medical Technology (Radiography); Nursing (Degree in dental hygiene and therapy and diploma in Operating Department Practice); Physical Geography and Environmental Science.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rebecca Bunting said she was extremely pleased with the results.
She said: “Maintaining a consistently high level of overall student satisfaction is a tremendous achievement and reflects the high quality of teaching and support we give our students.
“The results also highlight areas for improvement and we will continue to listen and make adjustments to ensure our students’ concerns are addressed.”
It wasn’t just their courses that students were satisfied with – 72 per cent said that they were satisfied with the Students’ Union, well above the national average of 66 per cent.
President of the Students’ Union, Godfrey Atuahene Jnr, said: “We are very pleased with the high level of satisfaction shown in the Students’ Union, which places us among the top performing new university students’ unions in the UK. Our performance demonstrates the positive impact of the students’ union in making students’ lives better.
“However, we cannot rest on our laurels and with increased tuition fees we will be fighting hard to ensure that Portsmouth students get the best possible experience at university and good career prospects after it.”
The Unistats website, featuring all the survey data, is to be launched by Vince Cable this morning and will be available at: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/