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Student satisfaction rates reach new heights at Leeds Beckett

Student satisfaction levels at Leeds Beckett are higher than the national average, according to the National Student Survey 2018.

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The university has risen over 50 places in the results table published by the Times Higher Education, with students’ satisfaction with their university experience equal to the universities of Durham, Warwick and Sheffield. Figures released by the National Student Survey (NSS) show that student satisfaction at Leeds Beckett has risen three percentage points to 85 per cent, against a sector average of 83 per cent.

A range of Leeds Beckett courses achieved 100 per cent satisfaction: Early Childhood Education (QTS); Hospitality Leadership and Management; International Tourism Management; Human Geography and Planning; Audio Engineering; Entertainment Management; Broadcast Media Technologies; Public Relations with Journalism; Retail Management; Economics for Business; and Politics. Final year students on the Playwork course also rated their studies highly with most questions achieving 100 per cent. Many more courses achieved 90 per cent satisfaction or higher.

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “These very positive NSS results tell students they will get an excellent education and a positive student experience here at Leeds Beckett University. Our scores are the result of the hard work and dedication of all our colleagues.

“These results are part of a growing upward trend. This year we achieved our highest ever research and enterprise income, and have begun a £130m building programme designed to further improve the experience of our students and staff.

“This positive growth and development has underpinned a 20 per cent increase in our recruitment for 2018/19 with all of the benefits that brings to the Leeds economy and to employment in our city.”

The NSS takes place every year, and asks final year undergraduate students in UK universities questions on a range of topics from teaching and learning to feedback and resources. The results are published by the Office for Students, and reported by the Times Higher Education magazine.

Satisfaction amongst Leeds Beckett students was particularly high in relation to their teaching, academic support and learning resources.

Overall, student satisfaction rates at Leeds Beckett rose in 24 of the 26 questions, with 90 per cent of students agreeing that “staff are good at explaining things”. In addition, 89 per cent of Leeds Beckett students said learning resources including IT facilities and libraries had supported their learning well.

Satisfaction with academic support rose 2 per cent to 82 per cent, which was 2 per cent above the sector average. Of 92 courses surveyed, 42 achieved a satisfaction rating of more than 90 per cent, with 11 of those achieving 100 per cent satisfaction.

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