STUDENTS have given the thumbs up to college life on Wearside.
The National Student Survey (NSS) 2012 results published this week show Sunderland College was ranked 15th in the UK with 91 per cent overall satisfaction.
East Durham College in Peterlee was also a big hit, gaining 93 per cent for overall student satisfaction, followed by New College Durham with 86 per cent.
Durham University celebrated an 89 per cent satisfaction rate and the University of Sunderland’s was 84 per cent.
The NSS has been conducted since 2005 and asks final-year students to provide feedback on a number of aspects of their learning experience including teaching, support, resources and assessment.
Nigel Harrett, acting principal of Sunderland College said: “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our students value their experience at Sunderland College so highly. We’re committed to providing them with an exceptional college experience, from the quality of teaching and student support, right through to the range of courses and the facilities we provide.
“Our aim is to give them every opportunity to succeed, whether that’s getting the results to move on to the university of their choice, or the skills and contacts to help them secure jobs in industry. This year over 800 of our students progressed to university, with a 99 per cent pass rate across the board.”
A spokesman for the University of Sunderland said: “We are very pleased with the results of this year’s National Student Survey. Our institutional overall satisfaction rating has increased.
“Some highlights include satisfaction ratings of 97 per cent for law, 93 per cent for English, 87 per cent for pharmacy, 86 per cent for sports science and 100 per cent for history.”
At Durham University, students were particularly satisfied with the teaching they received – 92 per cent, and the enthusiasm of staff – 91 per cent.
And, across individual subjects, molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry achieved a satisfaction rating of 100 per cent.
Professor Tom Ward, pro-vice-chancellor of education, Durham University, said: “Durham gives students the opportunity to combine research-led teaching and learning with a college system that allows them to develop their personal skills through activities such as sport, the arts and volunteering.
“The experience we offer helps students to develop key skills for life that make our graduates among the most sought-after in the world by leading employers.”