Students rank Chemical Engineering at Sheffield as top three for ‘student voice’ in Russell Group

The department also came first in the Russell Group for assessment and feedback in the latest NSS results.

CBE student in laboratory

Students have ranked chemical engineering (CBE) at the University of Sheffield third in the Russell Group for ‘student voice’ in the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS). Chemical Engineering at Sheffield has also come in top of the Russell Group for assessment and feedback.

Students also placed CBE at Sheffield in the top three in the Russell Group - the association of leading UK research-intensive universities - for learning opportunities.

The results are another strong showing for the department, after it came second in the Russell Group and top five nationally in 2022 for ‘overall satisfaction’. This year, among a number of changes to the NSS, the ‘overall satisfaction’ category has been removed.

This fantastic result in the NSS is testament to the incredible efforts of our staff and students. We’re very proud of our exceptional teaching and the highly-skilled chemical engineers we produce.

These rankings reflect the amazing experience our students have, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our newest students in September and introducing them to the wonderful world of chemical engineering.

Joan Cordiner

Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

It comes as the University of Sheffield was placed top overall in the Russell Group in the NSS 2023. The survey, in which more than 335,000 final year students from across the UK have fed back on their higher education experience, places Sheffield top of the UK’s 24 world class, research-intensive universities, based on aggregate responses. Sheffield received the highest positive responses to 27 questions that asked students to rate their academic experience, mental wellbeing, resources and support.

Sheffield is also in the top three across the Russell Group for learning opportunities, student voice and mental health, and top five for learning resources, academic support and organisation and management. 

This year’s survey, which is led by the Office for Students (OfS), also added a new question to explore freedom of expression. Sheffield is the top five in the Russell Group for students feeling free to express their opinions and beliefs during their studies, according to the results.

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