National Student Survey reveals the strengths of Social Policy at York

News | Posted on Wednesday 16 August 2023

The results of a nationwide survey have revealed that School for Business and Society is home to some of the happiest Social Policy students in the UK.

We placed 2nd for ‘Learning Resources’ among the Russell Group universities included for Social Policy in the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS), with a score of 90%

We received scores of 84 per cent for Q19 “How well have the IT resources and facilities supported your learning?”, 98 per cent for Q20 “How well have the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) supported your learning?” and 89 per cent for Q21 “How easy is it to access subject specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software) when you need them?”

Professor Bob Doherty, Dean of the School for Business and Society, said “This outstanding achievement demonstrates the disciplinary strength at the University of York in Social Policy and the consistent investment we have made in resources for our students over many years. This just shows the University of York is the best place to study Social policy in the UK”.

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 5th in the Russell Group for Learning Resources, 6th for Academic Support and 6th for Organisation and Management. 

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

Read more about York’s excellent NSS results.