Number one for student satisfaction in the UK

Students at the University of Sheffield forming a number one, viewed from the air.The University of Sheffield has been ranked number one in the UK for overall student satisfaction in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

In addition to being voted number one overall, the University was judged top in a number of attributions which are key individual measures of student experience including: ‘high quality facilities’, ‘good social life’, ‘good accommodation’ and ‘good Students’ Union’.

More than 14,000 students from universities across the country took part in the survey which highlights the institutions that shine in the way they cater for students' needs.  In 2014 the University of Sheffield rose two places beating the University of Bath and the University of East Anglia to the top spot – while the universities of Oxford and Cambridge ranked fourth and sixth place respectively.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "We are delighted and humbled that our students have voted us number one for student experience in the UK.  Students tell us openly what means most to them.  As a University we do our utmost to listen to that, whether that is how we welcome students and help them make the transition from living at home to university life, to the support of academic and personal tutors, exceptional student services and library facilities, and of course our top-rated Students’ Union.  This award reflects a genuine partnership between our students and the University.”

Determined to hold on to the prestigious accolade, the University of Sheffield is already striving for further success with a number of ambitious plans – all of which will continue to enhance student experience.

The University recently made its largest-ever investment in learning and teaching with the development of its newest £81 million building which will offer state-of-the-art specialist facilities.  The Diamond, which is scheduled to open in September 2015, will create over 500 jobs and contribute £44.5 million to the local economy during construction and the first year of operation.

Moving forward, the University has ground breaking plans to introduce enterprise education into the entire curriculum, rather than providing it solely as an extra-curricular activity.  This will enable staff to embed inter-disciplinarity and real-world engagement into teaching, in turn helping to inspire and produce graduates who can drive the economy forward.

The University of Sheffield was ranked in the top three for the following measures:

• Well-structured courses
• Good social life
• Good community atmosphere
• Good extracurricular activities/societies
• High-quality facilities
• Personal requirements catered for
• Good students' union
• Good support/welfare
• Good accommodation
• Good library and library opening hours
• Fair workload
• I would recommend my university to a friend