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UEL students happiest in London among modern universities according to NSS 2018

UEL achieves its best ever score of 85 per cent for 'overall satisfaction'

The University of East London (UEL) has the happiest students of any modern university in London after soaring 23 places in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

UEL students gave the university an ‘overall satisfaction’ rating of 85 per cent – the highest score ever recorded by UEL and putting it top in London among all eight post-1992 universities. It also ranks UEL fourth in the capital among all 26 higher education institutions.

It is the third year in a row that UEL has climbed in the NSS league table published by Times Higher Education, taking its total rise since 2016 to over 100 places. Overall, UEL now sits in 51st position – the first time the University has been placed in the top third of the table.

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. A total of 320,000 students took part in this year’s survey.

UEL’s improvement bucked the national trend, with average score across the entire higher education sector declining from 84 to 83 per cent this year.

The University also performed well in certain key subjects, with Computer Science scoring the fifth highest satisfaction rating out of 107 universities across the country; Dance: Urban Practice ranking sixth in the country; Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Science ranking eighth; and Media and Communication ninth. 

Dean Curtis, UEL’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, said, “To be ranked top in London among modern universities is a fantastic achievement and a tribute to the dedication, hard work and talent of all our academic and support staff.

“It is quite overwhelming to be given such a resounding vote of confidence by our students and it shows that the efforts we have made to improve the quality of our academic courses as well as the overall university experience is really paying off. 

“This is not just a one-off piece of good news. We have climbed more than a 100 places in the NSS table over the past three years and have risen in every other national league table.

“This is further proof of the huge strides we are taking in delivering transformational degree courses for our students that is really equipping them for the world of work.” 

In March this year, UEL was hailed as one of the ‘rising stars of higher education’ by the publication Times Higher Education (THE) for the quality of its student experience.

A THE survey examined the ‘student experience’ statistics of universities from 2009 to the present day and found that UEL had made a bigger improvement than any other institution.

UEL was also among the biggest climbers in the UK in the latest Guardian University Guide league table, rising 19 places in the rankings, and rose for the second successive year in the Complete University Guide.