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Outstanding 2017 NSS Results

Posted on 9 August 2017

With an overall student satisfaction rating of 95% and outstanding other results in the National Student Survey, York has confirmed its reputation as one of the very best places to study chemistry in the UK.

York Chemistry achieved first place in 7 of the 9 sections

Amongst its research-intensive Russell Group competitor departments, York Chemistry achieved first place in a remarkable 7 of the 9 sections of the survey - leading the way in Teaching on my Course (94%), Learning Opportunities (91%), Assessment and Feedback (80%), Academic Support (89%), Organisation and Management (91%), Learning Resources (96%) and Learning Community (89%).

Alongside previously recognised areas of teaching excellence, the Department was particularly delighted to come first in the Russell Group in the new NSS categories of Learning Opportunities and Learning Community. We believe these reflect how we challenge our students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge of chemistry in a wide range of different ways and the way in which we enable student learning as part of a supportive community, with a strong emphasis on small group tutorial teaching and teamwork.

Head of Department, Professor Duncan Bruce said: "These very pleasing NSS results reflect the strength of Departmental teaching across the board and the unique York atmosphere in which our academic staff work hard to encourage all students to achieve their true potential."

The Department of Chemistry at York places a strong emphasis on teaching excellence, with three Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Award winners amongst the professorial staff and was also ranked second in the UK for Chemistry in the 2018 Guardian League Table.