Students’ Union voted top five years running
The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted the best university students' union in the UK for the fifth year running in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
The award-winning Students’ Union achieved an outstanding 96 per cent overall satisfaction rate in the annual survey – an increase from last year’s figure of 95 per cent and three per cent above its nearest rival, St Mary’s University College in Belfast.
This latest accolade once again reaffirms the University’s position as a unique place to study that gives students an unrivalled rich experience in a city unlike any other in the UK.
Students’ Union President, Dominic Trendall, said:
"We are extremely proud that our Students' Union has once again been voted the best in the UK.
"This wonderful achievement is a testament to all of the dedicated staff, students and volunteers who work incredibly hard to create a truly inclusive community that Sheffield students love to be a part of.
"Our Students' Union is a place where talented students from across the globe can come together to try new activities, exceed their expectations and make new friends. We are continually striving to nurture and innovate our students to encourage them to make an impact and a difference to people’s lives."
The Students' Union is a major focus for alumni support via the Alumni Foundation. Donations from alumni are distributed in part among sports clubs and other student societies, as well as bequests from alumni being used for larger projects such as refurbishing the student newspaper (Forge Media) offices and the set up of a new music room. Plans are also underway to fund a series of new flexible spaces within the Students' Union which clubs and societies will be able to book to use for promotional and other events. This connection and commitment from alumni, even years after they have left the University, only adds to the fantastic experience delivered by the Students' Union.
The University has also been ranked second in the Yorkshire and Humber Region, after the University of Leeds, and achieved the third highest score in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities, with an overall satisfaction score of 89 per cent. This is three per cent above the national sector-wide average of 86 per cent.
The University came top in two subject areas: Information Services, and Aural and Oral Sciences. Three departments scored 100 per cent overall satisfaction: German, Human Communication Sciences, and the Department for Lifelong Learning.
The University's outstanding library services were also recognised with a high satisfaction rate of 92 per cent - an increase on last years result of 91 per cent.
Professor Wyn Morgan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield, said:
"Our Students' Union is a vibrant and diverse hub of activity at the heart of our campus and we are immensely proud that it has been voted the best in the country for the fifth year running.
"We take every opportunity to find out students' opinions of their course and overall experience while studying here in Sheffield and it is fantastic that they continue to be among the most satisfied in the country.
"This result clearly demonstrates our continued commitment to providing not only an outstanding student experience but excellent facilities and world-class teaching for the 27,000 talented students who come to the city from across the world."
This year the University of Sheffield’s response rate to the NSS increased by two per cent with 76 per cent of eligible students taking the time to share their thoughts about the institution.
The University of Sheffield prides itself on being a global university with students from over a 140 different countries. In 2013 Sheffield launched the award-winning #WeAreInternational campaign which has been backed by over 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations.
#WeAreInternational aims to recognise the value of international students and their contribution to the economy and culture, whilst ensuring all students have the best university experience possible.
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