Sheffield Students’ Union claims top spot in National Student Survey

The University of Sheffield’s Students' Union has been rated the best in Britain, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The University has also ranked top in the region and 4th in the Russell Group - the association of leading UK research-intensive universities – and maintained an overall satisfaction score of 90 per cent for the second year running.           
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Satisfaction at Sheffield has improved since 2011 in 13 out of the 22 core survey questions with 89 per cent of students satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course, 89 per cent with the learning resources available to them, 83 per cent with the personal development they received and 82 per cent with the academic support provided to them.

A total of 24 out of the University's 45 subjects received an overall satisfaction score of 90 per cent or above, with a further 20 subjects gaining a satisfaction score between 80-89 per cent.
The ranking for the Students’ Union is the first time ever the annual large-scale survey of undergraduates has featured a question on student satisfaction with Student Unions and the overall satisfaction score of 95 per cent is significantly above the sector average of 66 per cent.

The news comes just a week after the University’s success in the QS World University Rankings in which it was named the best institution in Yorkshire and the Humber and placed 66th out of more than 2,500 institutions across the world, as well as being one of just 18 in the UK to be named in its prestigious top 100.

It also follows a year of significant achievement across the board for both staff and students in which the University was named times Higher Education University of the year, top of the Russell group and top of the Yorkshire and the Humber region by the Times Higher Education student survey and the University's services being rated the best in the country by an independent students' satisfaction survey.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, said: "It's wonderful to know that our students continue to be amongst the most satisfied in the country and that the Students’ Union, which is currently undergoing a £20 million refurbishment to further improve facilities, has been rated the best in the country. The news follows this month's announcement that the University of Sheffield has been named the best institution in Yorkshire and the Humber in the QS World University rankings, and is a testament to our commitment to providing an outstanding student experience, excellent facilities and world-class teaching and support."

Abdi Suleiman, President of the Students’ Union, said: "Our Students' Union has succeeded in creating a community capable of winning changes from the university and beyond, adding to an active student experience and contributing to the local society, which is why 95 per cent of University of Sheffield students genuinely appreciate the Students’ Union’s contribution to their time at the University”


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