National Student Survey reveals the strengths of cinematics and photography at York

News | Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2023

The results of a nationwide survey have revealed that the School of Arts and Creative Technologies is home to some of the happiest cinematics and photography students in the UK. Hear what our BSc Film and Television Production students have to say.

2nd in the Russell Group for ‘Academic support’ in National Student Survey

We placed 2nd for ‘Academic support’ among the Russell Group universities included for cinematics and photography in the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS), with a score of 86 per cent. 

We received 87 per cent for Q15 “How easy was it to contact teaching staff when you needed to?”, 85 per cent for Q16 “How well have teaching staff supported your learning?”.

We also ranked highly within the Russell Group in the following areas:

3rd for ‘Teaching on my course’ in cinematics and photography


  • 89 per cent for Q01 “How well have teaching staff supported your learning?”
  • 89 per cent for Q03 “How often is the course intellectually stimulating?”
  • 85 per cent for Q02 “How often do teaching staff make the subject engaging?”
  • 79 per cent for Q04 “How often does your course challenge you to achieve your best work?”

3rd for ‘Learning resources’ in cinematics and photography


  • 88 per cent for Q20 “How well have the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) supported your learning?”
  • 85 per cent for Q19 “How well have the IT resources and facilities supported your learning?”
  • 83 per cent for Q21 “How easy is it to access subject specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software) when you need them?”

Dr Áine Sheil, Head of the School of Arts and Creative Technologies, said “I am delighted that the NSS results have confirmed the strength of staff commitment to our students and the excellent facilities students enjoy in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at York”.

What is the National Student Survey

The NSS is a nationwide survey of final-year students in higher and further education. They answer questions on a variety of aspects of their university experience, including their department and course. 

Over 339,000 took part in the 2023 survey, helping prospective students to compare courses and make informed decisions about where to study. The survey empowers those taking part to shape the future of their course, giving universities honest feedback on what they are doing well and where they can improve. 

York's overall position

York performed strongly in this year’s National Student Survey, featuring in the top 10 for multiple categories among Russell Group universities.

The University as a whole placed 4th in the Russell Group for Learning Resources, 5th for Academic Support and 6th for Organisation and Management. 

Thirteen subjects featured in the top three in the Russell Group for Academic Support, while a further 12 were placed in the top three for Teaching On My Course.

Read more about York’s excellent NSS results.