Outstanding results in the 2018 National Student Survey

We are delighted to announce that our 2017/18 graduating students have ranked their experience at the Art School very highly and surpassing the higher education sector average, in the National Student Survey (NSS), which has now published its 2018 results.

100% of our final year students eligible to complete the survey who graduated in June 2018, chose the top score, ‘Definitely Agree’, to one of the main statements on the survey – ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

There were many more positive results.

100% of students chose ‘Definitely Agree’ to the statement ‘My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt’.

96% of students chose ‘Definitely Agree’ to eight statements including: ‘My course has challenged me to achieve my best work’;  ‘My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth’;  ‘Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices on my course’; ‘The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well’;  ‘I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course’.

93% of students chose ‘Definitely Agree’ to six statements including: ‘I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to my course’; ‘The course is intellectually stimulating’;  ‘Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course’; ‘It is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on’.

Art School Principal, Tamiko O’Brien, commented:

“The NSS results are a testament to our incredibly talented team of specialist Tutors, Technicians, Heads of Department and Administrators, and their great energy and dedication to provide our students with such a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our shared goal is to see all of our students flourish and succeed as practitioners. For us Higher Education in Art and Craft is essentially collaborative – it takes the whole team, including our students, to create the purposeful and creative community that we all enjoy participating in.

We know that our commitment to our students is reflected in their commitment to their studies and we are very proud of our 2018 graduates and their outstanding achievements. This summer’s excellent Degree Show received high praise from the external examiners, the many professionals from the Arts and Heritage industries who joined our celebrations and of course from the members of public we were happy to welcome to the Art School.”

The results of the NSS, commissioned by the Government’s Office for Students, are important to applicants deciding which higher education institution to attend. The survey helps to inform prospective students’ choices, provide data that supports institutions in improving the student experience and supports public accountability.

The survey asks final year students to rank all aspects of their experience of studying on their chosen course and includes statements on teaching, learning opportunities, academic support, learning resources, student voice and more.

We are examining the results of the NSS in detail alongside other feedback we collect directly from our students, graduates, student representative forum and staff teams to ensure that we continue to offer our students the best possible learning experience and the support they need to excel.


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