Birmingham students are more satisfied with their teaching and learning than ever before according to The National Student Survey (NSS) – the most comprehensive measure of student satisfaction within higher education. Birmingham was awarded an overall satisfaction mark of 89%, up from 88% for the past two years and a rise of five places (to seventh overall) among Russell Group institutions.
The success was reflected in the College with the majority of the nine Schools seeing an increase in subject satisfaction. Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science saw outstanding results with 98% overall satisfaction. Mathematics, Chemical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering also retained a strong position with satisfaction scores all over 93%.
In comparison to the Russell Group, the member group of 24 leading universities in the UK, Schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences hold a strong position with six ranking in the top three course providers. Birmingham leads the table for Chemistry while Chemical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science all rank second.
In key assessment criteria such as teaching, academic support and learning resources, the Schools within the College ranked consistently highly across its programmes. NSS builds upon strong performance across key education measures. Indeed, the ranking builds on the University’s impressive performance across other Higher Education league tables, particularly when it comes to “graduate prospects” - the number of graduates who enter professional employment or graduate-level further study within six months of graduating - where Birmingham is ahead of institutions such as Oxford and Warwick, and was recently ranked 8th overall in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2015.