Bath 1st in England in NSS 2021 when comparing Guardian University Guide institutions

A view over the lake on campus

A view over the lake on campus

Overall student satisfaction is 10% above the national average, with Bath 1st in England & 2nd in the UK when comparing Guardian University Guide institutions.

  • Last updated on Wednesday 21 July 2021

Bath students recorded overall satisfaction of 86.06%, well above the UK average of 75.41% from all UK HE institutions taking part in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS). The University’s participation rate from students to the survey was 76.32% - the second highest for the University.

The result sees an improved position for the University of Bath which this year ranks top in England, and second in the UK, when comparing HE institutions listed in the Guardian University Guide.

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President, said: "This is an extraordinary achievement and I pay tribute to all those staff across our University community whose dedicated work has contributed to these results. Our teaching staff and all those who support our students have worked exceptionally hard this year to give the best possible experience despite the Covid restrictions in place. My congratulations to them all.

"I am delighted that despite the considerable challenges the last academic year has posed for the entire education sector, so many of our students at Bath are satisfied with their education and we continue to meet their needs and expectations."

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), said: "I’m absolutely delighted with this fantastic result, which reflects the hard work and huge collective effort from academic and professional services colleagues across the entire University. I would like to congratulate everyone involved and offer my thanks for their significant efforts this year.

"I am incredibly proud of such a positive result given all the challenges and uncertainty that we have had to face throughout the academic year due to Covid-19 from online teaching and assessment to the academic and personal support our staff have offered to students.

"I would also link to say a sincere thank you to The SU and all our students who have shown great resilience and strength under extremely difficult circumstances. As always, we will seek to learn from NSS feedback to help us to continue to provide the best possible experience for our students so we can help everyone fulfil their potential. But for now this is a wonderful way to finish a very challenging year"

The survey is open to all final year undergraduate students, asking more than 20 questions about teaching, learning, support and assessment.

Six of the University’s courses received satisfaction ratings of 100%:

  • BA (Hons) Sport & Social Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement
  • MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • MPharmacol (Hons) Pharmacology with Year-long work placement

Six departments had satisfaction ratings above 90%, including; Architecture and Civil Engineering, Biology & Biochemistry, Chemistry, Education, Health and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

A further 20 courses scored more than 90% for overall satisfaction.


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