15th January 2010, 2:33pm
More success for Lincoln in THE Student Experience Survey
Students at the University of Lincoln The University of Lincoln has achieved another vote of confidence from its own students – ranking among the top third of UK universities for student experience for the second year running.

Lincoln was rated 34th out of 104 universities listed in the national Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, published this week (14 January 2010) - a climb of three places on the previous year's table.

Nationwide, more than 11,000 undergraduates took part in the survey, giving their views on every aspect of university life, from the quality of teaching to library opening hours. Unlike other surveys of this type, the attributes which universities are scored on are set by students themselves. Extra weighting is given to the things students consider most important.

Lincoln's students were particularly impressed by the helpfulness of staff, the quality of the social life, the community atmosphere, the standard of facilities and the quality of the environment around campus. They also rated highly the good personal relationships with teaching staff, the convenient, centralised facilities and the good library service and opening hours.

The survey was conducted by market-research company Opinion-panel between September 2008 and June 2009. Compared to the 2008 results, Lincoln’s score improved in 11 of the 21 categories.

The results follow similar recent success in another major barometer of student opinion, the National Student Survey, in which Lincoln also rated in the top third nationally in 2009.

Professor Mike Saks, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for the student experience, said: "These results are another resounding endorsement of the high quality student experience offered at the University of Lincoln. We pride ourselves on the sense of community that exists and this is clearly reflected in the survey results. It is particularly pleasing to see that students feel their tutors are friendly, helpful and approachable. This is so important to undergraduates, not just for their academic success, but on a personal level too."

The article and tables can be found at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=409966&c=2
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