National Student Survey reveals the strengths of Law at York

News | Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2023

The results of a nationwide survey have revealed that York Law School is home to some of the happiest law students in the UK.

We placed 1st for ‘Learning opportunities’ among the Russell Group universities included for law in the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS), with a score of 84%.

We received 90 per cent for Q5. To what extent have you had the chance to explore ideas and concepts in depth?, 88 per cent for Q6. How well does your course introduce subjects and skills in a way that builds on what you have already learned?, 84 per cent for Q7. To what extent have you had the chance to bring together information and ideas from different topics?, 69 per cent for Q8. To what extent does your course have the right balance of directed and independent study?, and 89 per cent for Q9. How well has your course developed your knowledge and skills that you think you will need for your future?

We also ranked 1st in the Russell Group for ‘Organisation and management’ in law with a score of 87%, including:

  • Q17. How well organised is your course? 90 per cent
  • Q18. How well were any changes to teaching on your course communicated? 85 per cent

TT Arvind, the Head of Department, said “These results reflect our Law School's values of community, citizenship, trust and respect. We aim to create a collaborative environment with the minimum of hierarchy where students are seen as partners in learning.”

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.