The results of the first National Student Survey released today place Edge Hill joint ninth for satisfaction, based on feedback from students polled earlier this year.

The survey was conducted in 141 universities and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with students asked to rate aspects of their higher education experience on a scale of 1-5. The results reveal that:

? Edge Hill is rated at or above the national average in all seven teaching quality areas
? Nine out of ten subject areas are at, or above, the national average
? Subject areas of Law and English are rated in the top 20% nationally
? Four other subjects of Psychology, Computer Science, Education Studies and Social Work are rated in the top 40% nationally

The survey, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce) did not include study programmes in health or teacher education, two of Edge Hill?s highly regarded areas of study. Despite this exclusion Chief Executive John Cater is delighted with the results:

“Edge Hill?s innovative approach to learning is reflected in the fact that in terms of personal development our students gave Edge Hill a score of 4.13 out of a possible 5. Many of our students complete personal development plans customised for their particular subject and integrated into their individual study programme, making personal development more than just an add-on.”

The survey means that prospective students, their parents and advisors will, for the first time, have the views of final year students to help them choose between institutions and courses: a fact that John Cater believes is particularly important in light of the new funding arrangements set for 2006.

“Students are making a considerable investment by entering higher education and I hope that the results of this survey help them to make important decisions for the future. In terms of Edge Hill, students must also consider other indicators of teaching quality such as the reviews conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency and Ofsted.
In 2003/04 we were commended for teaching and learning in every subject assessed. And in the last five years no QAA subject review score has dipped below 20 out of a maximum of 24, with two thirds rated as ‘excellent?. In addition the Faculty of Health?s nursing, midwifery and other health programmes were commended in the maximum three areas for student progression, the quality of learning and the effective utilisation of learning resources.”