Oxford Brookes reaches all-time high in National Student Survey

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Students in JHBB

For the fourth year in a row Oxford Brookes has improved its score for overall satisfaction in a key measure of the student experience.

This latest success in the National Student Survey (NSS) sees the University move in to the top quarter for higher education institutions in England with its highest ever score.

An impressive 90 per cent of Oxford Brookes students agreed with the NSS statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

As a University we are committed to ensuring that we enable a student experience of the highest possible standard.

Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt, Oxford Brookes University

This represents a one per cent increase on last year’s results. It sees the University reach the national upper quartile for the first time and ranked as 17th amongst 126 higher education institutions in England.

In addition to being amongst the top institutions for overall satisfaction, Oxford Brookes has been shown to be leading the sector for satisfaction with teaching on courses, personal development and the learning community.

Responding to the excellent performance, Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “I am delighted that our performance in the National Student Survey has seen Oxford Brookes improve its overall satisfaction rating for the fourth year running.  As a University we are committed to ensuring that we enable a student experience of the highest possible standard.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to staff from across the University whose hard-work and dedication have been central to Oxford Brookes being amongst the top quarter for universities for overall student satisfaction.

“An excellent student experience will continue to be a key priority for Oxford Brookes. I look forward to our continued success in providing students with world-class teaching and support in the upcoming academic year and beyond.”

National Student Survey

The University has also seen significant success for overall satisfaction over a wide range of subject areas*.  Five teaching areas which received 100 per cent overall satisfaction were:

  • Complementary medicine
  • Fine art
  • French studies
  • Sports science
  • Subjects allied to medicine

22 subject areas* which received 90 per cent or higher overall satisfaction were:

  • Academic studies in education (94 per cent)
  • Anthropology (90)
  • Architecture (91)
  • Building (93)
  • Business studies (92)
  • English studies (97)
  • History (96)
  • Human and social geography (96)
  • Iberian studies (91)
  • Initial teacher training (93)
  • Law (93)
  • Marketing (95)
  • Mechanical, production and manufacturing engineering (90)
  • Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (93)
  • Philosophy (92)
  • Politics (91)
  • Psychology (91)
  • Publishing (96)
  • Sociology (91)
  • Teacher training (96)
  • Theology and religious studies (96)
  • Tourism, transport and travel (94)

Students studying in JHBB

Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, commented: “As a University we are very proud of our excellent reputation for providing a great student experience. Our students are doing amazing things every day and we regularly hear how much they enjoy living and studying at Oxford Brookes. 

“Enhancing the student experience is a clear priority for the University and I am delighted that the NSS reflects our sector leading expertise in teaching, personal development and the learning community. 

“In the past year we have opened the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building, celebrated together as part of our 150th anniversary and have seen over 3,000 new graduates mark their successes in our June ceremonies alone.
“These fantastic results are a clear sign of the improvements we are constantly putting in place to help ensure we provide an excellent experience for those studying at the University.”   

The annual NSS asks a range of questions to graduating students about their time at university covering categories such as teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction. 

The NSS covers nearly all final-year undergraduates studying for higher education qualifications at Higher Education Institutions. 
Further information is available on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website.

* Based on the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS 3) for subjects, as owned and maintained by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).