Social Work at Birmingham tops Russell Group in the NSS 2016

Social Work at the University of Birmingham has had an impressive set of results from the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2016). We are ranked 1st in the Russell Group, outperforming a number of prestigious institutions, with a 97% student satisfaction rate.

As the oldest university-based social work programme in the country, training the practitioners of tomorrow for over 100 years, we are delighted by this endorsement – particularly as it comes directly from our students.

NSS 2016 also showed that 100% of our students felt that their lecturers explained the course content well, with 97% finding the course intellectually stimulating.

Gary Hickman, Director of the Social Work Programmes and NSS Champion, said, "We are delighted with the NSS scores, which reflect the commitment of the whole staff group in ensuring that every student is able to realise their full potential and have a rewarding experience on our social work programme."

Professor Barbara Fawcett, Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities), added, "The NSS score reflects the quality of the social work course and the engagement of staff with students."

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