26 January 2010

Sheffield within top 5 in country for student experience

The University of Sheffield has received national acclaim after being named as one of the top 5 universities in the UK in a national student experience survey.

More than 10,000 students were surveyed for the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, which aims to show which universities offer the best all-round student experience. Students across the country were asked to rate how their University performed against 21 different attributes which determine a positive and negative student experience.

The University of Sheffield came fourth in the table for the second year running, behind Loughborough, Cambridge and Oxford respectively. The University also came second in the country, behind Loughborough University, when rated solely on the facilities it offers students. This included the attributes of high quality facilities, good student union, centralised and convenient facilities, good accommodation, cheap shop/bar/amenities, good library and library opening hours, and good sports facilities.

The University is constantly investing in its campus, and in the last five years has seen the opening of the award winning University Health Centre and the state-of-the-art Information Commons; a £23 million learning resource centre with over 1,000 study spaces.

The University of Sheffield’s award-winning Union of Students, recognised as the best Students’ Union in the country, has a packed weekly entertainment programme alongside the Student Advice Centre offering support to its students on a range of problems and the Student Job Shop which helps students find work during term time. Students can also benefit from a wide range of sporting facilities at Sheffield, including a Matrix Bouldering Wall and the S10 health fitness centre.

Paul Tobin, President of the Union of Students, said: "It is vital that a University has a strong Students' Union to support its students and these results clearly show that the excellent services we provide, along with the dedication and support of our staff, make the student experience unforgettable."

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “In the face of intense competition both in the UK and overseas, it is great to see that our students believe this University provides an excellent supportive study environment, first rate facilities and a thriving social experience. This award reflects the enthusiasm and commitment of all our staff and the work they do to ensure our students have a great student experience here at Sheffield.”