Teaching Quality

Department repeats its outstanding rating in the 2016 National Student Survey

The quality of teaching in Sheffield’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) has again been recognised in outstanding results from the National Student Survey (NSS) of 2016. Our students' overall rating of satisfaction was 90%, third highest in the sector, and top ranked amongst Russell Group institutions in the country. The result cements USP's leading position amongst planning schools, and demonstrates the ongoing high quality teaching that we offer our students.

See how we compare with planning departments at other UK universities.

NSS Results 2016 table

  • We're 3rd in the UK (behind Queen's University Belfast and University of West of England)
  • We have the 2nd highest ranked Students' Union in the country amongst planning students
  • These results, combined with our leading employment rates for graduates, place us as the top RTPI-accredited planning school in the country

Head of Department Professor Malcolm Tait said:

"We strive to provide the best possible educational experience for our students, and I'm therefore delighted that so many of our own students have ranked us so highly in this significant national survey. These results highlight our position as one of the top planning schools in the country, and coupled with our leading figures on graduate employment show why this Department is such a good place to study."

Our students are strongly encouraged to evaluate the Department's teaching, both through internal surveys and major national surveys, such as the NSS. These enable us to ensure that our programmes remain at the cutting edge of the discipline and provide the best possible experience for our students.

The Department's wider ranking as one of the top planning schools for research means our students are taught by the leading researchers, learning cutting edge skills and enhancing their employment prospects. USP, the School of Architecture and Department of Landscape form part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, one of the strongest groupings of departments in this area, and a vibrant environment for learning about our cities and rural areas. All three Departments received student satisfaction rankings over 90%, making it the pre-eminent centre for studying in this field.