Brunel has held its position as one of London’s top five universities for student satisfaction after another consistent year in the National Student Survey.
87% of Brunel students were satisfied overall with their experience at university, up 1% for the second year running and marking a third year of consistently strong results within a highly competitive sector.
Demonstrating the broad-based quality that Brunel now offers, over 90% of students in English, Anthropology, History, Politics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biosciences and Mathematics and Statistics were satisfied with their courses, with all of these subjects appearing in the upper quartile nationally. In Physiotherapy, 100% of students were satisfied with their courses, making the University top in the UK for this subject.
Brunel’s English and Creative Writing courses showed particular improvement since last year’s survey, following a number of high profile appointments including Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing Benjamin Zephaniah and Professor of Contemporary Thought Will Self. English jumped to sixth place nationally, driven by a 20% improvement in students’ satisfaction with assessment and feedback.
Physiotherapy and History maintained top ten positions in the national rankings for the third year in a row, and were joined by Anthropology, Film and Television Studies and Politics at the top of the rankings among universities in London.
Across the University, students were particularly satisfied with the learning resources available to them, including the Library, IT and other equipment, an area which has seen significant investment over recent years. More than 90% expressed their satisfaction with Brunel’s facilities, making the University second in London and eighth in the UK in this category.
In addition, for the second year running, Brunel’s students are the most satisfied in London with the work of their Students’ Union.
Brunel University Vice-Chancellor Professor Julia Buckingham said: “This year’s National Student Survey emphasises the breadth of our subject portfolio and the quality of our provision across the board. We remain committed to improving our students’ experience at the University and to raising standards, and we hope to build on the strong base of the last three years in 2014.”
The NSS is a national survey including all institutions and all subject areas, in which students report on their experiences at university. All final year undergraduate students (home/EU and overseas) are eligible to participate.