Celebrating outstanding NSS results

National Student Survey logoThe quality of teaching in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering continues to be recognised with excellent results in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

Our students' have given us an overall rating satisfaction of 89%, ranking us third amongst Russell Group Materials Departments in the UK, with 96 per cent recognising staff as being good at explaining things and 89 per cent agreeing staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. 100 per cent of our students' agreed they were able to access general IT resources when needed to.

What is the National Student Survey?

Commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the National Student Survey has been undertaken annually since 2005 and is aimed at final year undergraduate students at institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The survey is designed to gather students' opinions about their degree programmes, asking them to provide honest feedback on the quality of teaching and overall experience

The NSS entails 23 questions, including one question about overall student satisfaction and one question about satisfaction with the Students' Union.

Students' Union - best in the UK

For 2016, the University of Sheffield's award winning Students' Union has been voted the best in the UK for the fifth year running – 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 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.

The University's outstanding library services were also recognised with a high satisfaction rate of 92 per cent - an increase on last year’s result of 91 per cent.