National Student Survey: Social Work receives score of 90% overall student satisfaction

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2011

Social Work programme placed 2nd in the Russell Group rankings

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In the latest National Student Survey (2010/11) our Social Work BA undergraduate degree programme received a score of 90% in terms of overall student satisfaction.

Gary Hickman, Director of Social Work programmes, commented, "I am very pleased to announce our improvements on the previous year's scores. We achieved higher scores in all six categories of the Survey, which placed us 2nd in the Russell Group ranking. With an overall satisfaction score of 90%, this is a tremendous achivement for the Social Work undergraduate programme."

"In our view these scores reflect the appreciation that students had for the changes that we made to the programme and are underlined by the positive comments that they made as part of the survey."

Social Work student  "The course was very stimulating and helped me to grow as a person"

Student comments from the survey indicated that students were extremely satisfied with the course, and felt particularly inspired by the academic staff on the course. One student commented that 'students receive maximum support with both personal and academic needs from academic tutors and the team'.

Others commented that, 'The lecturers are very passionate about their course, which is extremely encouraging', and 'The course itself has been not only intellectually stimulating but it has also prepared me for the rest of my life. The lecturers were exceptional at providing support and pushing our intellect to the maximum.'

Please visit our Social Work pages for further information on our programmes.

What is the National Student Survey (NSS)?

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 participating HEIs in Scotland. Additionally, since 2008, Further Education Colleges (FECs) with directly funded higher education students in England have been eligible to participate.

The survey asks final year undergraduates to provide feedback on their courses in a nationally recognised format, students on flexible courses will be asked to participate as they near the end of their course but not necessarily n their final year. There are 22 core questions, relating to numerous aspects of the learning experience.

For further information on the NSS, please visit: