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ADI earns outstanding marks in 2016 National Student Survey (NSS)

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Eight courses score 90 per cent or better for student satisfaction

UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industry achieved outstanding marks in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), including a 90 per cent satisfaction rate for teaching and 88 per cent for academic support.

Eight ADI courses scored 90 per cent or above for student satisfaction, with theatre studies earning a 100 per cent score – the highest in the country for theatre programmes. Overall, the School enjoyed a student satisfaction rating of 84 per cent – up three per cent on the previous year. 

Professor Simon Robertshaw, Dean of ADI, “The NSS results demonstrate ADI’s strong commitment to providing our students with the best possible teaching, support and resources available.

“Thank-you to all the students who took the time to participate in the survey. And thank-you to all the staff at ADI who do their best, day in and day out, to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience.”

Across the whole of the University, UEL equalled its best ever NSS performance with a five per cent increase in overall satisfaction across the institution and an unprecedented rise of 37 places in the NSS league table.

The 2016 NSS shows a substantial jump in overall satisfaction from 78 to 83 per cent, matching the satisfaction rating recorded in 2014 and ranking UEL second in London among modern universities. Only four other universities in the UK recorded larger improvements.

ADI programmes with top marks for student satisfaction were drama, applied theatre and performance (100 per cent approval) advertising (94); photography (93); printed textile design (93); computer game design: story development (92); film (92); media and communication (92); and journalism (90).

Other highlights in specific categories:

● The photography programme (categorised by the NSS under cinematics and photography) was the top modern university in the country for teaching, assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management and personal development.

● English ranked best in London for student satisfaction. It was also the top modern university in London for teaching.

● Fine Art was top in London for academic support, scoring 93 per cent in the category.

● Graphic design achieved a 99 per cent score for academic support, the best for all London universities. 

The annual NSS is carried out among final-year undergraduates across the country and is widely used by prospective students to get an inside view on degree courses and by university managers to identify strengths and weaknesses. This year, students from 160 higher education institutions took part.