Having good lecturers can make or break your university experience, as well as your end grade. Have an interesting lecturer who teaches intriguing modules and provides feedback whenever you ask for it is ten times better than one who disappears off the face of the earth the minute the lecture is over and sends the entire room to sleep whenever they talk.
So which universities have students voted as having the best course and lecturers in the UK?
Moving up two places from last year, and making an appearance in the top three for a fourth year,
Harper Adams University take away the crown for this prestigious category.
One of the reasons why students rated Harper Adams so highly was the small seminar and tutorial groups. They told us they felt this made getting feedback easier and learning was more engaging.
Students also told us they loved the practicality of their course and what they learned could be used straightaway in a work environment. All of their comments about their confidence in their skills explains why Harper Adams also went home with the award for best job prospects…
Jumping four places and entering the top three,
Leeds College of Art take home second place for this category. Nominated in five categories and placing within the top three for three of them, Leeds College of Art students are seriously impressed this year.
Students rated Leeds College of Art highly for how they were being taught in particular, often praising the industry experts who taught them in a variety of engaging ways and were always available to provide support and feedback on their work.
Moving down a single place, but still impressing students enough to remain in the top three,
Bangor University placed in four categories this year.
Students told us they were particularly impressed with the passion and knowledge that the lecturers regularly demonstrated, as well as how easy it was to reach them when students needed their help or required feedback on their work.
What Does The Data Say?
A welcome nudge in improvement to 3.97 from 3.96 last year (it was 3.95 the year before that). This category, perhaps unsurprisingly has the closest correlation with the scores from the overall satisfaction. Reassuringly this is at the heart of the experience for most students!
Our Director of Insights, Aaron Porter adds,
“Given the focus on teaching in recent year, particularly with the impending introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, this is of course an area of interest for the sector. I find it striking that, so far at least, students themselves have not been extensively consulted to get their view on what really constitutes teaching excellence. The NSS broadly asks them how happy they are, but that is slightly different to what they think of teaching excellence.”
Check out the full list of course and lecturers’ rankings from the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.