Education

UWTSD excels at experience

ONCE again, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been ranked highly in a national survey looking at students’ ‘academic experience’.

Of the 122 British universities that were part of the survey UWTSD was ranked in the top 20 overall for ‘Academic Experience’.

Participants in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey were asked to provide ratings on aspects such as the quality of staff and class size.

Behind only the University of Oxford, Harper Adams University and Norwich University of the Arts, UWTSD was ranked 4th in the UK for “good personal relationships with teaching staff”, and joint 1st in Wales. UWTSD was also ranked 9th in the UK for “high-quality staff/lectures” and again joint 1st in Wales.

Dr Mirjam Plantinga, the University’s Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, said: “Once again the results of this survey are extremely encouraging in relation to ‘academic experience’. The result of this latest survey confirms the National Student Survey (NSS) which showed a 5% increase in the level of student satisfaction from the previous year here at UWTSD.

“We also ranked highly in the recent Global International Student Barometer survey where we were placed 1st overall in six categories including ‘Quality lectures’, ‘Class size’ and ‘Personal Tutors’.

“In a survey of all major Universities in the UK it’s particularly pleasing to see us score so highly in the ‘academic services’ category.

“The students clearly respect and appreciate our academic staff and I’d like to thank and congratulate all the staff for their hard work. Scoring highly in this category is important to the university as these are key areas where we believe we are able to offer added value to all those studying with us.

“The University has always had a strong commitment to respond to feedback from students in order to improve the services and facilities we provide here at UWTSD. As we do with every survey we will be looking at the results to help us identify areas for enhancement. National surveys provide us with that vital feedback to help us ensure we’re meeting the needs of our students.”

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