Top student satisfaction results for the University of Sheffield

An independent student survey has given outstanding results for the numbers of students saying that they are satisfied with services at The University of Sheffield.

The University topped the Student Barometer survey for having the highest percentage of students willing to recommend their institution to others at 92 per cent.

Students also rated computing support at the University top in the UK, and second internationally, described as "a wonderful endorsement from users for the quality of the service received". The University of Sheffield was also highest ranked participating institution for both living and support.

Thom Arnold, Students' Union president, said: "It's fantastic to see the University recognised for its many achievements. We are committed to providing an excellent experience both academically and in a broader sense for students whilst they are at the University. The University's commitment to working with the students really shows through with this recognition."

Student satisfactions ratings for the University of Sheffield Students' Union were once again number one in the UK. It is the second celebration this month for the Students' Union after it recorded the UK's largest turnout for the annual students' elections.

Of the eight Russell Group universities which participated in the survey, the University was also placed top for learning and second for arrival experience.

A total of 31 institutions took part in the domestic survey. It was open to all current students between 25 October 2011 and 9 December 2011 more than 3,500 UK, and 2,200 international, students took part in Sheffield.

The results of the International Student Barometer have also been released with the University placed fourth in the UK for student satisfaction.

The Student Barometer survey is independently administered by the International Graduate Insight Group (www.i-graduate.org).

The University has taken part in the International component of the survey since 2007, and joined the Domestic Barometer in 2011.

The University of Sheffield will next take part in the Domestic and International Student Barometer in November/December 2012.

Notes for Editors: With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK's leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen's Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University's research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad.

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