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Students give UEL's economic course top marks in National Student Survey 

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BSc Economics course is top of the class

Students gave the BSc (Hons) Economics course at the University of East London (UEL) full marks in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019. The programme scored 100 per cent for overall satisfaction, placing the University first in this subject area out of 80 institutions offering economics courses in the UK.

Dr Ejike Udeogu, programme leader for BSc (Hons) Economics, attributed this score to several factors. “The academic staff are passionate about their subject and are active researchers. They bring a lot of real-world experience and enthusiasm into the class-room. 

“We have world class resources and the curriculum was designed in collaboration with key stakeholders. We also provide an extensive pastoral care and support service to all our students from their very first day to their last day with us.”

Among economics students: 
• 97 per cent were satisfied with the teaching on their course.
• 95 per cent were satisfied with learning opportunities. 
• 93 per cent were satisfied with organisation and management. 
• 93 per cent were satisfied with learning resources.

Students have access to 16 Bloomberg terminals, which gives them the opportunity to make evidence based financial decisions and gain real-life experience. 

The contents of the curriculum were carefully articulated to ensure they are both relevant and representative of the benchmark learning objectives put forward in the QAA national framework in 2016 as well as required by prospective employers. The programme has a real-world feel to it.

Professor Mohammad Ali, head of the School of Business and Law, said, “We are proud that our students have ranked us so highly and such brilliant student experience is a testament to the hard work of the enthusiastic and passionate team of academics and professional staff in the School of Business and Law. 

“These are very exciting times for the School as we start to implement the University’s Vision 2028 strategic plan which will transform the way our students and staff participate in the Industry 4.0 economy.

“Vision 2028 aims to position the University of East London as a leading career-led university and as part of the strategy we continue to embed employment skills, industry briefs and entrepreneurial activities into the business school curriculum.”

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.