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London’s newest Russell Group university top for student satisfaction

Student satisfaction at Queen Mary, University of London is the highest amongst London’s Russell Group universities and two percentage points above the national average, according to a nationwide survey of final year students.

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The 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction. Among the leading research universities in London, Queen Mary’s students are the most satisfied for the second year in a row, ahead of their Russell Group counterparts.

The survey results show that 87 per cent of Queen Mary students are satisfied with the quality of their course, compared with a sector average of 85 per cent.

Queen Mary achieved exceptionally high satisfaction results in several subject areas. 97 per cent of students studying Physics were satisfied or extremely satisfied, as were those taking Dentistry. Dentistry’s overall satisfaction has risen 18 percentage points from 2011, moving the course up eight positions to place 6th in the UK.

Other courses to achieve exceptionally high approval ratings were English (94 per cent), Geography (94 per cent), Chemistry (93 per cent), Aerospace Engineering (92 per cent), Biochemistry (91 per cent), Linguistics and Film Studies (both at 90 per cent).

Many subjects placed highly, when compared to similar courses at other institutions. Materials Science at Queen Mary was ranked first out of ten courses in the UK, while Physics is ranked 2nd out of 36 courses. Both Film Studies and English appear in 10th place out of 81 and 103 respectively.

Queen Mary’s students gave the College an 86 per cent satisfaction rate for teaching and 81 per cent for the personal development opportunities available during their studies.

“We’re extremely pleased with the consistently impressive satisfaction rating from our students,” comments Susan Dilly, Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning. “This is the fifth year in a row that we have scored above 84 per cent.”

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