Students say Edge Hill is top in the country for NHS placement

Edge Hill students have shown their high levels of satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey.

Results from the survey, which was completed by almost 220,000 final year undergraduate students from across the UK show Edge Hill excelling on a regional level, ranking second amongst North West universities for overall satisfaction.

The practice placement experience of the Edge Hill NHS students is considered the best in the country.

Peggy Nettleton, Academic Lead Clinical Partnership Learning and Development said:

“The Faculty of Health is very proud that the NHS practice placement experience of our programmes is rated the best in the country. This is testament to the hard work and team effort of the Faculty of Health staff and acknowledges the strong commitment of our associated colleagues in practice within the NHS Trusts, the independent and private sectors, in providing high quality placement experiences for our students.

“The Faculty recognise that practice learning is a major component of the student learning experience and the nature of this experience is crucial to the development of a workforce that is fit for purpose. Acknowledging the challenges that this brings, the Faculty teams continue to invest in developing innovative collaborations to support the diverse needs of our students and practice colleagues.  We look forward to continue to work closely with our students and practice partners.”

Individual regional successes include Edge Hill coming first in the North West for Law and Business, improving their position from ninth and seventh respectively in 2007.

First in the Northwest was also given to Nursing, Management, Initial teacher Training, Personal Development, Assessment and Feedback.

The University also celebrated good national rankings with 83% of students stating they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, slightly above the national average.

The University’s strengths in Personal Development are demonstrated with a top ten national position this year.

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University said: “It is vital that any university is endorsed by its own students and we are delighted with the NSS results this year. They are yet another indication of the quality of the student experience at Edge Hill.

“Successes in Law, Business and Nursing against a high national standard are encouraging signs that our continued investment in state-of-the-art learning facilities and high quality academic programmes are meeting the needs of students. Our success in the areas of Personal Development and Assessment and Feedback are a testament to the hard work of staff supporting students in their studies.”

*Subjects are those coded at Level 3 in the official scheme (107 subjects in the national JACS system). Comparisons have been made with English public universities except where stated, using the averages of all scores.