Good news or bad news?
Not a lot to write home about with very little change but BBC reports that satisfaction rate ‘slips’:
This year’s final year students in England were marginally less happy with their university experience than last year’s leavers, an annual survey shows. The National Student Survey shows 81% were mostly or definitely satisfied with the quality of their course, against 82% last year. In Wales the rating was unchanged, 83%, and in Northern Ireland up one at 84%. Twelve Scottish institutions also took part, achieving the highest overall score of 86%, the same as in 2008.
Pretty positive stuff you’d think but the NUS has a different perspective
NUS president Wes Streeting said: “Tuition fees in England were trebled in 2006, but students have not seen a demonstrable improvement in the quality of their experience. “Universities have a responsibility to deliver substantial improvements in return for the huge increase in income they are receiving from fees.”
And the Guardian also focuses on the negative:
Almost a fifth – 19% – of final-year students told the National Student Survey they were dissatisfied with or ambivalent about their courses – a rise of 1% on last year.
HEFCE though offers a more positive interpretation and the full details of results.
But overall this is surely a good news story, albeit one that is pretty much the same as in 2008.