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UEL campus life leaps up the national rankings

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University rises 54 places in accommodation category of Whatuni Student Choice Awards

Thanks to an initiative to improve residential life on campus, the University of East London (UEL) rose an impressive 54 places this year in the accommodation category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

UEL officials attributed the climb to the University’s establishment in February 2017 of its ‘Residential Life Project’, an ambitious plan to give students a positive, supportive and social experience while living in the University’s residence halls. 

This has included the introduction of Residential Life Scholars, students living in the Halls of Residence who offer peer-to-peer support to their hall mates and organise social events, focus groups which allow staff to hear student feedback and increased collaboration with departments across the University. 

UEL is one of just a few universities in London to offer on-campus accommodation. The waterside Docklands Student Village houses over 1,200 students, as well as shops, a bar and a laundrette. It is located just steps away from the £21 million SportsDock, a world-class sporting facility. 

Cienna Simmie, Residential Life Manager for Student Services at UEL, said: “It is rewarding that our students have recognised the positive changes. Our leap up the league table reflects this.” 

She praised the hard work of UEL’s Residential Life team as well as colleagues in maintenance, cleaning, security, the Student Union and Student Services. 

She said, “We have a number of key priorities over the next twelve months which will continue to improve the residential life experience for our students.”

The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are an annual celebration of student satisfaction in higher education. Rankings are compiled from over 36,000 student reviews. UEL improved two places in this year’s overall table. 

The news continues a trend of accolades for student life at UEL. The University was the most improved university in the UK over the past decade for the quality of its student experience, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey, which was released in March.