Top Results for Mathematics in NSS 2020

Mathematics at the University of Birmingham has scored top marks in the 2020 National Student Survey, ranking 1st in the Russell Group in five categories.

The categories that ranked in 1st for the School were:

  • The teaching on my course
  • Learning opportunities
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Academic support
  • Learning community

The subject has performed particularly strongly against competitors in ‘learning community’ and ‘learning opportunities’ categories, ranking 1st in the Russell Group for the third year in a row. Our excellent learning environment is further demonstrated in that over 90% of students agree that their course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth.

Overall, the subject is ranked 3rd in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction with a score of 87%, and is the second year in a row to have placed in the overall top three in the Russell Group.

“We are very proud of the strong and supportive Mathematics community at Birmingham, and delighted that our students have reflected this in their NSS responses. It is important to us that students are supported to achieve to the best of their ability, and this year’s results highlight the dedication of all staff within the School to providing an excellent learning experience in mathematics.’ Dr Michael Grove, Head of Education – School of Mathematics

Commissioned by the Office for Students, the NSS is a high profile annual survey that asks students about their experiences in higher education. Every university in the country takes part. 311,432 students responded to the survey this year.

The Russell Group is an organisation representing 24 world-class, research-intensive UK universities.