What our students say

At Birmingham we pay great attention to what our students think of us and are committed to continually improving the experience of all of our students. At the heart of what we offer is an elite academic experience that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and prepares our students for success. We feel confident that all our students will gain the best from their time spent studying at Birmingham.

Excellence in student satisfaction

In the most recent National Student Survey Birmingham achieved an impressive 86% overall student satisfaction rating, ranking it fifth out of 24 leading UK universities in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction. In addition, students on 16 of the University’s programmes returned scores of 100% satisfaction. On teaching, 90% of students responding to the survey felt that their course was intellectually stimulating and said that staff were good at explaining things.

Professor Sir David Eastwood

Professor Sir David Eastwood


“We believe that providing a first-class experience for our students is an essential part of being a world class university and we are investing heavily in the future. It is an exciting time to be a part of the University and our students will continue to experience the benefits of this investment in the years ahead.”

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a survey of all final year undergraduate students at the University. The survey assesses students' opinions of the quality of their degree programmes. We have clear plans and an unwavering ambition to be an exceptional university in which to study, and in addition to recruiting exceptional teaching staff alongside our outstanding researchers, we are also spending £300m over the next five years on our beautiful campus. As our students continue to see the benefits of this continuing investment, we are confident that their positive experience will be reflected further in future student surveys.

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey

The 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey was a survey of 20,251 full-time undergraduate students from 116 universities. The survey assessed students' opinions of their university based on 21 attributes of university life. In 2018 the University was ranked as =29th out of 116 institutions. Further information about the survey and how it was compiled can be found at the THE website.

International Student Barometer

The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a benchmark of the University's provision for new and continuing international students. Benchmarking is conducted against our Russell Group peers and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom and overseas.

A total of 172 HEIs were included in the ranking tables of the 2015 Autumn ISB, with 50 institutions taking part in the UK and 13 belonging to the Russell Group of universities. Overall, 91% of our international students said they were satisfied overall with their university experience and 86% would recommend the university to other students thinking of applying here.

In addition, the university scored high levels of satisfaction in key areas of learning, such as subject area expertise of lecturers/supervisors (95% satisfaction) and teaching ability of lecturers/supervisors (93% satisfaction), as well as fair and transparent assessment of work (93% satisfaction) and academic content of course/studies (92% satisfaction).

International Students - Advice to My First Year Self