The annual poll published in THE magazine is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience to a broader definition that captures student views on factors such as campus environment and facilities

The annual poll published in THE magazine is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience to a broader definition that captures student views on factors such as campus environment and facilities

 Edge Hill University offers the best student experience in the North West according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey.

The University also climbed four places in the national table, and now sits within the top fifth of all universities surveyed, jointly sharing a position with the University of York.

In addition, the University is ranked as joint second place nationally for its good environment on campus and holds joint third place nationally for having high quality facilities.

The annual poll published in THE magazine is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition that captures student views on factors such as campus environment and facilities.

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are proud promote a positive learning environment that offers students great facilities, diverse environments, and passionate staff to help pave the way towards success.

“Student wellbeing is at the heart of what we do here at Edge Hill, with more than £250million invested in improving the campus environment over the past decade. It is therefore very gratifying to see this reflected by our students in the THE UK Student Experience Survey,” he said.

“In the next twelve months Edge Hill will add a new £13million technology hub, additional student Halls of Residences which will provide 168 new single-study en-suite bedrooms, and will further develop the Geosciences building.”

John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, said that increasing competition between universities and an intense focus on the student experience are still top of the agenda for the higher education sector.

“This year’s survey showed that students are becoming more demanding of their university with a general growth in their expectations across all 21 measures assessed. Results show that students increasingly value and expect good industry connections, high-quality facilities and good security while also working harder, volunteering more, and doing further extra-curricular activities.”

Now in its 11th year, the THE Student Experience Survey compares student experience on aspects of university life that matter most to them.

Results from this year’s survey show institutions at the opposite end of the table tend to be based in London, occupying 14 of the bottom 20 places.

To see the full list of survey results visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student-experience-survey-2016