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UEL climbs 42 places in 2017 NSS table with record level of student satisfaction


UEL one of most improved UK universities for second year in a row as 84 per cent of students give their seal of approval

For the second year in a row, the University of East London (UEL) is one of the UK’s most improved universities in the UK for student satisfaction after climbing a remarkable 42 places in the National Student Survey (NSS) league table.

It is the biggest rise ever recorded by UEL and comes just a year after the University jumped a similarly impressive 37 places in the 2016 NSS league table. 

The annual survey, which was published on 9 August, shows that ‘overall satisfaction’ among students at UEL has risen to 84 per cent – the highest figure in the University’s history.

It means UEL is now the second highest ranked modern university in London for student satisfaction and ranked fifth out of the 20 higher education institutions in the capital.  

Professor Nora Ann Colton, UEL’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, said, “To climb a total of 79 places in the NSS table over the last two years is a truly fantastic achievement and is testimony to the talent, hard work and professionalism of our
academic and support staff. 

“It’s great news that we have maintained our upward trajectory, which proves that the measures we have introduced to improve student success through our Academic Strategy are delivering an enhanced student experience. 

“Our score of 84 per cent for overall satisfaction is a record for UEL, and to receive such a resounding endorsement from our students is a great source of pride for the University. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for such an overwhelming vote of confidence.”

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. 

Two UEL courses are rated the best in the UK for student satisfaction. Business Management (Marketing) is ranked first out of 74 UK institutions in marketing, while Creative and Professional Writing tops 47 institutions nationally. Both courses achieved perfect scores of 100 per cent for overall satisfaction 

Other exceptional performers include Computer Science and Dance: Urban Practice, which are ranked first among modern universities in the UK for student satisfaction. Dance: Urban Practice is ranked third out of all UK higher education institutions, while Computer Science is ranked seventh.