Students vote Computer Science as number one for ‘student voice’ among Russell Group universities

The University's Computer Science subject has been ranked among the best in the Russell Group by students, featuring in the top three in several categories in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

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Students ranked Sheffield's Computer Science subject 1st in the Russell Group under the ‘student voice’ category, 2nd for ‘organisation and support’ and ‘assessment and feedback’, and 3rd for ‘academic support’. It was also in the top five for both the ‘teaching on my course’ and ‘learning opportunities’ categories.

The results are another strong showing for the Department of Computer Science, after it topped the NSS rankings in 2022 for ‘overall satisfaction’. This year, among a number of changes to the NSS, the ‘overall satisfaction’ category has been removed.

Professor Guy Brown, Head of Department, said: “We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback from our students in this year’s National Student Survey.

“This is testament to the hard work of our team who are dedicated to making sure our students have the best possible experience here in Sheffield.

“Our impressive performance in the NSS is further confirmation that our Department is one of the very best in the UK to study computer science and artificial intelligence.”

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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