Sunderland and Durham students happy with their universities

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STUDENTS in Sunderland and Durham are satisfied with their university according to a new report.

This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 90 per cent of students at Durham University were satisfied with the overall quality of the institute, and 85 per cent of students at Sunderland University felt the same way.

For both universities, the figures were a rise of one per cent on last year.

While Sunderland student satisfaction was the same as the national average, Durham’s was higher, along with Newcastle University, which was also 90 per cent, and the University of Northumbria, where the figure was 86 per cent.

The NSS is an independent annual survey which evaluates how satisfied students are with the overall quality of their higher education experience.

Students rated their satisfaction in several areas, including academic life, teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.

The University of Bath topped the list with 94 per cent overall satisfaction, narrowly ahead of Buckingham, East Anglia, Essex, Keele and St Andrew’s with 93 per cent.

The University of Cambridge had a 92 per cent satisfaction rate, and Oxford 91 per cent.

A spokesperson for the University of Sunderland said: “We are very pleased with the university’s results in the National Student Survey.

“We are particularly pleased that so many of our students – over 1,400 – participated this year, the highest number since the survey began in 2005.

“The more students who take part in the National Student Survey, the more accurate an understanding we have of how we can enhance our students’ experiences, which helps us ensure that the Sunderland experience continues to be life-changing.”

Dr Michael Gilmore, academic registrar at 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. We are delighted that our students have such overall satisfaction with the experience they enjoy at Durham.”