Students rank our Students' Union best in the UK

Students' Union at night

We’ve been ranked top nationally for our Students’ Union for the eighth consecutive year in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016.

Results published today (Thursday 17 March 2016) also rank our University third out of 117 institutions nationally and first in the Yorkshire and Humber region for having the best all-round student experience.

The annual survey of 15,000 students placed us joint top for social life, having a good community atmosphere and for the number of students who would recommend us to a friend. We also came joint third in the good extra-curricular/societies category.

These results reaffirm our University as a unique place to study and a global leader in research and teaching, as well as an institution giving students an unrivalled rich experience in a city unlike any other in the UK.

Wyn Morgan

Professor Wyn Morgan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, said: "I am delighted that our University has been ranked so highly for our exceptional student experience once again.

He added: "Thank you to colleagues for providing a student experience that is truly enriching. Life at our University inspires students for the rest of their lives and it is great that our students agree.”

Thank you to colleagues for providing a student experience that is truly enriching

Professor Wyn Morgan

While the results from this important student survey shift each year with different universities featuring among the best, we are alone in having consistently been in the top three universities for the past three years. Combined with the Student Union’s top place ranking, it is clear we consistently offer the very best student experience in the country.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, now in its 11th year, is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition; one created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them.

John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, said: “Increasing competition between universities and an intense focus on the student experience are still top of the agenda for the higher education sector.

“Our survey is perfectly placed to track what this means in practice, and which universities are performing well in specific areas – whether in teaching and learning, or areas such as the standard of facilities, in which many institutions have been investing heavily.”