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27th September 2012, 10:05am  (updated 27th September 2012, 2:08pm)
Lincoln leading the way on student satisfaction in NSS 2012
Students by Brayford Pool Campus Students have again rated the University of Lincoln’s courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey, published today.

The University of Lincoln was ranked in the top quarter of UK higher education institutions by final year undergraduates, the new NSS results show.

Several of its courses were rated in the top 10 for those subject areas and its Accountancy programme was number one in the UK for the fourth year running.

Overall, Lincoln was ranked on the 24th percentile of all the institutions surveyed, based on average scores across all questions.

Professor Scott Davidson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “The results of this year’s National Student Survey are great news for the University and also for our current and prospective students. They show that our undergraduates appreciate the great efforts our dedicated staff make to ensure they enjoy the best possible student experience during their time here. We have a wonderful campus at Lincoln, set in a beautiful and historic small city.
“The strength of any university is based upon the relationship between its staff and students, but ultimately, it is students who judge us on how well we meet their needs and their expectations. At Lincoln students are an integral part of the discussion about how we actually develop the University. They have their voice heard at all levels of the institution and their interests are fully represented by our excellent Students’ Union.”

The survey revealed that many Lincoln students felt strongly that their studies had helped them to become more confident and better able to present themselves. Most agreed that teaching and learning in the University was of a good standard or better.

Students were also pleased with the learning resources available to them, agreeing that they had access to IT equipment, library materials and other facilities when they needed it.

In the past year the University’s Library team, based in the award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, has extended opening times in early morning and at weekends, and expanded 24-hour opening during the busiest times of the academic year.

University Librarian, Ian Snowley, said: "These changes are part of a wider process which has seen the Library extend its informal group study space, increase the range of electronic resources available and develop the support provided by subject librarians. The new academic year will see further improvements to e-resource access and the completion of the first stage of providing additional study space in the Library.”

The NSS is a national initiative, conducted annually since 2005. The survey runs across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the majority of HEIs in Scotland.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI and published by UniStats, asks final year undergraduates to provide feedback on their courses in a nationally recognised format. There are 22 questions covering teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction.

This year’s NSS results are published today (27th September 2012) alongside the new Key Information Set.

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