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20th August 2010, 10:04am
NSS adds up to best ever results for Lincoln
nss logo The University of Lincoln’s Accounting course has been ranked top in the UK for the second year running in the National Student Survey (NSS) results released this week.

2010 has seen the University’s best ever NSS results with a total of 10 of its courses ranked in the top 10 nationally.

The University has also risen up the institutional rankings, moving to 36th place for combined subject and overall student satisfaction, out of 153 Higher Education Institutions. This places the University in the top 25% of all HEIs in the UK. Lincoln ranked 41st in 2009.

While Accounting tops the table, more of Lincoln’s business courses have scored particularly well with Tourism and Marketing ranked second in the UK and Business Studies and Management programmes each ranking fifth. The University’s faculty of Business and Law is set to move to a new location later this year when the £5 million refurbishment of the former Lincolnshire Echo premises is completed. The new faculty building will further enhance the student experience by offering a state of the art learning environment.

Arts programmes also performed well with Fine Art being ranked 2nd nationally, and Design 6th. Lincoln’s Sociology and Journalism courses are both ranked in the top 10 at 7th and 8th respectively.

University Registrar, Chris Spendlove said: “Working closely with the Students' Union, we use the NSS results as a diagnostic tool to help us identify where we are excelling and where further improvements can be made.

“In order to perform in the NSS, the student experience must be placed at the heart of institutional decision-making and a genuinely student-centred approach developed. At the University of Lincoln, whilst we recognise and celebrate the significant progress that we have made in the NSS, we have a culture of ambition, striving for excellence and recognising that we can always do more to enhance the student experience still further.”

The survey was completed by 63 per cent of final year students nationally (around 252,000). Lincoln enjoyed a higher response rate with 68 per cent of its eligible students taking part.

Dan Derricott, vice-president (Academic Affairs) of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union, said:“I am pleased to see that the Students’ Union and University’s work to enhance the student experience has been successful, as seen in the positive survey results. The good news continues with the increased response rate, which is above the national average once again.

“We look forward to using all of the feedback gained from the survey over the coming year to build upon our current position.”

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