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UEL social work course ranked first in UK for student satisfaction

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Social work students at the University rate their course highly

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 ranked social work at the University of East London first in the UK for overall satisfaction, out of 82 institutions which teach in this subject area.

Of the students polled, over 96 per cent stated that they were satisfied with the learning opportunities available at the University and with the teaching on their course.

Mark Wheeler, acting head of social work, said, “This is great news and demonstrates our commitment to giving students the best possible teaching and support available.

“We thank the students for taking the time to participate in the survey. It is important to note our appreciation to all staff, academic and professional, who have worked hard to give students such a perfect experience.”

The social work degree programme offers theory, information and hands-on experience through supervised placements in the second and third years. 

Richard Harty, acting head of school at the Cass School of Education and Communities, which delivers the programme, said, “This is an outstanding endorsement of the quality of the school’s teaching and resources. 

“We have strong links with the community, which enables us to give students real-life experience to supplement the theory. Social work is all about community engagement and support and it is one of the cornerstones of the University’s strategy.”

Once students have successfully qualified, they are immediately eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practice as registered social workers. In fact, 95 per cent of graduates go on to work or further study.

The NSS, which is overseen by the Office for Students, gathers feedback from final year undergraduate students in the UK about their time in higher education. The survey is designed to assess students’ opinion of the quality of their degree programme, with seven different indices including ‘overall satisfaction’. 

The NSS is conducted by Ipsos MORI. Individual responses are confidential so that students cannot be identified. It provides students with a platform to have their voices heard and an opportunity to influence universities to improve and amend the learning experience for themselves and prospective students.