Teaching Quality

Department repeats its outstanding rating in the 2017 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 2017. Our students' overall rating of satisfaction was 92%, up from 90% the previous year and in the top 5 Russell Group institutions in the country. The result cements USPs position as one of the leading planning schools, and demonstrates the ongoing high quality teaching that we offer our students.

Our department is ranked 2nd in the Russell Group for academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and student voice. These results, combined with our leading employment rates for graduates place us as one of 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. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the School of Architecture and the 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.