Students who participated in the National Student Survey (NSS) have ranked Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham highly, with 95% of our final year students expressing overall satisfaction with their course. This ranks us first in the Russell Group for the second year running 

Civil Engineering 95% overall satisfaction 2019 NSS

Commenting on the results, Head of Department Dr Karl Dearn  said:
For the second year running,  the Department of Civil Engineering has been placed 1st in the Russell Group for Overall Satisfaction in this crucial survey detailing how our students feel.  Our staff have worked hard to sustain our world-class student experience in teaching, learning and assessment.  The roots of our success lie in the relationships that our academics build with our students in the classroom, on campus, and beyond, creating a sense of community and belonging, in a learning environment that enables our student’s, from all over the world, to develop and grow

The survey is one of the key metrics underlying the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), in which the University of Birmingham was awarded Gold in June 2017.

The NSS asks 27 questions, relating to eight aspects of the learning experience. Students are also given the opportunity to make positive and negative comments in an open answer question. Visit the NSS website for more information.

The NSS is run by Ipsos MORI and commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), the Department for Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI), Health Education England (HEE), National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and participating private/alternative Higher Education providers and Scottish Higher Education Institutions.