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UEL tourism students rank their course highly in National Student Survey 

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University's subject area of tourism ranks high in the country 

University of East London students have ranked the subject area of tourism, transport and travel fourth in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019. The University, which offers degrees in tourism management, hospitality management and event management, achieved an overall satisfaction score of 95 per cent, beating 55 other institutions which teach in this field.

Lisa Wyld, Director of the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, said, “We’re very proud of our degree programmes. They’re industry-inspired and meet the needs of students and the industries they’ll be going into after graduation.

“Students benefit from a mixture of theory and the links between theory and practice, to ensure the relevance of their studies to the real world of employment.  

“We emphasise student opportunities to learn on real-world projects in London and abroad, and the academic community within the institute delivers high-impact, socially relevant research.”

Programme options also include placements with one of the many leading London employers that partner with UEL, as well as regular guest lectures, study trips, representing UEL in competitions and other opportunities for work experience and volunteering.

One residential field trip to Wales gave students on the BA Tourism Management degree experience in sustainable tourism and included visits to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Level 5 students visited Prague to explore cultural tourism and learn more about the issues of over-tourism of this now very popular destination.

Lisa Wyld said, “All of this means that our graduates develop solid business principles, alongside contemporary sector knowledge and plenty of hands-on experience.”

The programmes offered by the University's Institute of Hospitality and Tourism are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the professional body for managers working in hospitality and tourism. All students studying hospitality, events and tourism at the University can register with their education membership scheme. This gives students direct access to the industry’s professional body and further industry exposure. 

Professor Mohammad Ali, Head of the School of Business and Law, said, “This is an amazing achievement and is a testament to the hard work put in by the academic and professional staff who teach and support this subject area. 

“It is very important to the University that students are well prepared for the world of work. Learning is not just taking place in the lecture theatre but in the real world, where tourism and hospitality operates. 

“Our emphasis on added value through trips, competitions and other industry-related activities is one of the key reasons why students are so satisfied with their learning experience at the University of East London.”

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.