National Student Survey 2019

Posted on 5 July 2019

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

Happy Biology students!

The Department of Biology achieved 99% "Overall Satisfaction" for Biology and 96% Microbiology and cell science in the 2019 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 University as a whole was rated highest of the Russell Group universities in the survey for overall satisfaction.

The Department placed first among surveyed Russell Group universities for 'overall satisfaction' in Biology. We were also first in the Russell Group for 'Teaching on my Course' (Biology and Genetics), 'Academic Support' and ‘Student Voice' (Biology), 'Organisation and Management' (Genetics; Microbiology and Cell Science) and 'Learning Community' (Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry). We achieved over 90% satisfaction in five of the assessed areas:

  • Teaching on my course - Biology (95%); Genetics (95%); Microbiology and cell science (92%); Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (97%)
  • Learning opportunities - Biology (91%); Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (93%)
  • Organisation and Management - Genetics (93%); Microbiology and cell science (93%); Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (90%)
  • Learning Resources -  Biology (92%); Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (94%)
  • Overall Satisfaction - Biology (99%); Genetics (95%); Microbiology and cell science (96%); Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry (95%)