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National Student Survey 2021

Posted on 15 July 2021

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

The Department of Biology has placed first out of the Russell Group universities included in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) for 'Overall Satisfaction' for the subject of Biosciences. The Department also scored highly for 'Teaching on my course' for the subjects of Biology (93%), Genetics (96%) and Microbiology and Cell Science (91%).

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 placed highly within the Russell Group in seven of the assessed areas:

  • Teaching on my course (Biology 1st, Biosciences 2nd, Genetics 1st, Microbiology 2nd)
  • Learning opportunities (Biology 2nd, Biosciences 1st, Genetics 1st, Microbiology 1st)
  • Assessment and feedback (Biology 1st, Biosciences 1st, Microbiology 1st)
  • Academic support (Biology 3rd, Biosciences 1st, Microbiology 1st)
  • Organisation and Management (Biology 2nd, Biosciences 1st, Microbiology 3rd)
  • Learning Resources (Biosciences 2nd, Microbiology 3rd)
  • Learning Community (Biology 3rd, Biosciences 1st, Genetics 3rd, Microbiology 1st)
  • Student voice (Biosciences 1st, Microbiology 2nd)
  • Overall Satisfaction (Biology 3rd, Biosciences 1st, Genetics 1st, Microbiology 2nd)

James Moir, Head of Department in Biology commented “This has been such a challenging time  for our students and staff alike. I’m delighted to see the NSS results which reflect the hard work we have put into providing an excellent educational experience and support for all our students, particularly through the difficult times of the pandemic.”

Richard Waites, Director for Students in Biology added “We very much value all the feedback our students provide throughout their time with us. We’ve listened to all our students and responded to the challenges we faced together. All our staff involved in teaching and supporting our students can be proud of these results.”