University ranks close to Oxbridge

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Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied than ever, before according to an annual report.

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2012 showed that satisfaction rates among undergraduates rose from 88 per cent last year to a joint 91 per cent with universities such as Exeter, and only just below a score of 92 per cent for Oxford and Cambridge.

Lancaster University also scored highly for law students, with 98 per cent “definitely” or “mostly” satisfied with their course.

Around 287,000 final-year students from across the UK responded to the survey this year,a response rate of 67 per cent, the highest rate in the eight years the NSS has been running.

The results of the survey provide valuable information for prospective students, and help universities and colleges to further improve the education they provide.

Prof Amanda Chetwynd, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Student Experience, said: “Students are at the heart of everything we do at Lancaster and we will continue to work hard to meet their high expectations.”

Students at more than 300 universities and further education colleges were asked about every aspect of their university experience, including questions on teaching, assessment, support and resources.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI.

Meanwhile, Lancaster University moves up two places in The Sunday Times University Guide to 16th position, making it the top rated university in the north west.

Lancaster celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014 and during its relatively short history has established itself as one of the leading British universities for both teaching and research.

This, in turn, allows it to attract some of the brightest students with average UCAS entry points held by freshers well north of 400 and its leavers have among the best prospects in the UK for getting a job, with a graduate unemployment rate of just 5.2 per cent, bettered by only six others countrywide.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times University Guide, said: “Our league table rewards those universities which have placed great focus on providing top quality teaching, with prompt and useful feedback on students’ work and assessment.”