National Student Survey 2015 - Sheffield Archaeology tops the results

Nothing matters more to us here at Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology than what our students think of us. For that reason we pay very close attention to what our students say in the National Student Survey.

The NSS is an annual event administered by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and asks nearly half a million final year university students about their experiences on their course.

This year we are very pleased to announce that the Department of Archaeology scored a fantastic 100% in the Overall Satisfaction category, with all of our respondent students stating they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their course.

Only five other departments at the University of Sheffield scored as highly, and only four others in the Archaeology sector.

Prof. Dawn Hadley, Head of Department, said 'It is extremely gratifying to be rated highest nationally for Archaeology. But, am I surprised? No, not really!! I know just how hard my colleagues work to deliver an exciting and diverse curriculum, based on internationally-renowned research expertise; we pride ourselves on meeting the needs and expectations of our fantastic students. To receive a score of 100% overall satisfaction - well, it just doesn't get any better!!! Our students also benefit from studying in a University that has, once again, seen its Student Union rated the best in the UK.

Our combined score for overall course satisfaction plus students' union satisfaction, 9.5 out of 10, is the highest of any UK Archaeology department.

National Student Survey 2015 - Sheffield Archaeology tops the results

In the NSS, students are asked a series of 23 questions covering six aspects of the learning experience as well as their overall satisfaction. For each questions students are asked to what extent on a five-point scale they agree with a statement, with the top two scores being Mostly Agree and Definitely Agree. In order to be included in the published results a department must meet an eligibility threshold of at least a 50% response rate and a minimum of 10 responses. This avoids results being skewed by very small sample sizes.

As well as the 100% agree score for Overall Satisfaction, our students awarded us a 100% score for Teaching (including the quality and enthusiasm of teaching as well as the intellectual challenge posed by the course), Coursework Feedback and Library Resources. The full dataset of NSS 2015 results are now available on the HEFCE website.

We would also like to thank all of our students that too the time to complete the survey, and wish them all the best with their future plans.