30 August 2006 – for immediate release
Aston University has again achieved very positive satisfaction ratings in this year’s National Student Survey.
Its "overall satisfaction" rating was again above the UK average with a score of 4.1 out of 5. In addition, 6 of our 10 broad subject areas included in the survey feature in the UK’s top 15 Universities and Colleges for overall satisfaction (out of over 130 surveyed), including:
• Subjects allied to medicine (including Optometry): Joint 2nd
• Biology and related sciences: Joint 3rd
• Pharmacy and related medical subjects (Pharmacy): Joint 5th overall and joint 2nd for Pharmacy specifically
• Sociology and related subjects: Joint 7th
• Business and related subjects: Joint 9th
• Languages (French, German, Spanish): Joint 13th
Aston was also rated extremely well on the overall "personal development" criteria, placing it equal 9th. This in part reflects the fact that around three quarters of its students gain experience in business, industry and research in the UK or abroad through the University’s highly regarded sandwich placements.
2006 has been another excellent year for Aston. In June this year the University was ranked an outstanding 13th overall out of all 109 UK Universities in the influential Times Good University Guide rankings and our record for graduate employment success continues to be amongst the UK's top 10.�
Comment from Graham Hooley, Senior Pro - Vice Chancellor: ‘Aston University welcomes the results of the latest National Student Survey and feel it is important that our students are able to publicly feed back their experiences of our degree programmes. While we are not complacent and are working hard to do even better next year it is clear that our students are well satisfied with their studies and their overall experience at Aston.’
The results of the survey are available on the Government’s Teaching Quality Information site at www.tqi.ac.uk. Some 157,000 final-year students took part across the UK.
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