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Quality experience continues for Aston students

12 September 2007 – for immediate release

Aston University in Birmingham has again achieved very positive satisfaction ratings from students who responded to this year’s National Student Survey.

The University gained an overall satisfaction score of 87% for its undergraduate degrees* against an 81% score for the UK overall.*

Aston takes top place among West Midlands’ universities for overall satisfaction (above Warwick, UCE, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Staffordshire and Worcester universities).

Aston was rated extremely well on the overall ‘personal development’ criteria, taking 7th place among UK universities. This in part reflects the fact that around three quarters of the University’s students gain experience in business, industry and research in the UK or abroad through the University’s highly regarded sandwich placements.

In addition to the successful overall ratings, many of the University’s broad subject areas included in the survey feature in the UK’s top 20 universities and colleges for overall satisfaction including:

• Business and Management: 9th

• Subjects allied to medicine (including Optometry and Pharmacy): 12th

• European Languages (French, German, Spanish): 17th.

2007 has been another excellent year for Aston. In August this year the University was ranked an outstanding 15th overall out of all 109 UK Universities in the influential Times Good University Guide rankings and 12th in the new interactive Good University Guide.�

Professor Graham Hooley, Senior Pro - Vice Chancellor said: ‘Aston University is very pleased to see the latest National Student Survey results. We feel it is important that our students are able to publicly feed back their experiences of our degree programmes. It is extremely encouraging to hear that our students are very satisfied with their studies and their overall experience at Aston, but we are not complacent. We are working hard to improve every area of our service at the University with the aim of scoring even higher in the survey next year.’

Professor David Eastwood, HEFCE’s Chief Executive, commented: ‘I’m delighted that for the third year running, the results of the NSS have improved. Higher education institutions are taking the results of the survey very seriously and taking action to continuously improve their students’ learning and teaching experience.’

The results of the survey will shortly be available on a new dedicated website www.unistats.com.


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Notes for editors:

*Aston’s score is up from 84% in 2006.

*Taking out specialist colleges, part-time/distance learning institutions (for example the Open University, Birkbeck College) and private institutions (University of Buckingham).

The National Student Survey (NSS) is part of the Unistats web-site. The NSS covers higher education students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This year, eight Scottish universities and the independent University of Buckingham are also taking part, as are students on initial teacher training courses funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools and students on NHS funded courses.

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