National Student Survey

The University has consistently been ranked highly for student satisfaction during previous National Student Surveys (NSS), and the results continue to inform important developments for the future of education in Sheffield.

This year, the University's Students' Union was one of many across the country to run a campaign to boycott the NSS due to its link with the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and fee increases.

Our response rate for this year’s survey was 48.3% and as a result we haven’t met the 50% threshold needed to be included within the public results. We are therefore unable to publish our institutional results or the results of departments or disciplines that didn’t meet the threshold.

21 of our subject areas did meet the required response rate. Of these, the following achieved high satisfaction scores:

Dentistry – 98.91% overall satisfaction
Materials and Minerals Technology (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) – 100% overall satisfaction
Ophthalmics – 100% overall satisfaction

Professor Gill Valentine said: “Although we are not able to share some of our results publicly, we will use the feedback we have received to continue to develop and enhance our teaching and student experience. Previous feedback via the NSS has led to positive improvements to the student experience, including the creation of the Information Commons and Diamond and improved communications between tutors, lecturers and students. It is therefore essential that we continue to encourage our students to have their say.”

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