Hartpury bucks national trend for levels of student satisfaction

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University Centre Hartpury has bucked the HE industry trend to be ranked in the top 30 per cent in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Overall satisfaction went up by 1.2 per cent to 87.3 at Hartpury – compared with a one per cent fall across the whole sector.

Aimed mainly at final-year students, the NSS gathers opinions from students about their time in higher education, asking them to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study on their course at their institution.

The information is aimed at helping prospective students decide where and what to study, while institutions will use the survey to help them improve the student experience.

Hartpury scored 90 per cent or above in 11 of the 20 programmes and above the national average for England in all the major categories, which include teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and support, organisation and management and learning resources.

Among the courses to be rated as outstanding were BA (Hons) Sports Business Management and BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science degrees and foundation degrees in Animal Science and Equine Performance.

Rosie Scott-Ward, Vice-Principal of Higher Education, said: “We’re extremely pleased with the results from the NSS, which recognise our continuing focus on providing the best possible student experience.

“We’re passionate about providing our students with everything they need to fulfil their potential within a happy and welcoming environment that’s buzzing with ideas and ambition.

“The results of the NSS also provide further positive news, following our recent award of TEF Gold, as we continue on our journey towards university title.

“This means we would operate as Hartpury University alongside Hartpury College – an exciting new venture that recognises the quality of the higher education provision we offer.”

University Centre Hartpury is the only educational institution in Gloucestershire to be awarded Gold in the Teaching Educational Framework (TEF), while 97 per cent of Hartpury graduates are in employment or further study with six months (2013-16 average, DLHE study).

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