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National Student Survey 2020

Posted on 15 July 2020

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest biology students in the UK.

The Department of Biology has received 94% for 'Overall Satisfaction' in Biology in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS).

The NSS is a nationwide survey of final-year students in higher and further education that encourages them to give honest feedback about a variety of aspects of their university experience, including their department and course. This helps prospective students to make informed choices and also influences real change in future students’ experiences, from institution-level to course-level.

The Department also achieved over 90% satisfaction in five of the assessed areas over four subjects:


  • Learning resources (90%)
  • Overall satisfaction (94%)


  • Teaching on my course (91%)
  • Learning opportunities (92%)

Microbiology and cell science

  • Teaching on my course (92%)
  • Learning resources (92%)

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

  • Teaching on my course (95%)
  • Learning opportunities (92%)
  • Organisation and management (92%)
  • Learning resources (93%)
  • Overall satisfaction (98%)

With a score of 85.39% for 'Overall Satisfaction', the University of York sits above the national average of 82.65%. Of the Russell Group universities included in the survey, the results position York as first for 'Academic Support' and 'Learning Opportunities', and second for 'Teaching on my Course'.