See where your uni placed in this year's National Student Survey rankings

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

A spokesperson for Oxford University told Cherwell: "Despite this year's low response rate as a result of the student union-led NSS boycott, we are pleased to see that the vast majority of those students who did respond were satisfied with the teaching they received and their overall university experience".

11 other universities failed to meet the required threshold, including Oxford, Manchester, and Bristol.

THE University of Bolton is number one for student satisfaction, new league tables show.

The NNS asks students 27 questions relating to eight aspects of the learning experience and is primarily aimed at final-year undergraduate students, gathering opinions on their courses and time at university.

Only 68% of targeted students completed the form, down from 72% in 2016, totalling 304,000 completed surveys.

The University of Buckingham and the Royal Veterinary College share the top spot with St Andrews in this year's National Student Survey student satisfaction rankings, amid boycotts, protests, and declining responses.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), who carried out the National Student Survey (NSS), disputed year-on-year comparisons due to changes on the questionnaire.

Anastazja Oppenheim, one of the prime orchestrator of the campaign, declared at the conference: "if students, en masse, either refuse to fill in the surveys at all or sabotage it... the results would become of little use and would wreck plans for the TEF".

"Although the future of the relationship between the NSS and TEF remains unclear we hope that a strong message has been sent, not only from students at Cambridge but other universities across the country, that we reject and will continue to oppose a marketised Higher Education system". A year ago just 37 per cent of Cambridge respondents said they were "satisfied" with their student union. The government had announced that the NSS would be used as part of the calculations for working out a university's TEF score, which would then allow them to raise tuition fees with the rate of inflation - faster than they can at the moment.

"Our membership made it clear to us that they found this unacceptable and demanded we campaign to sever any link between their crude Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and a rise in tuition fees which would hit students hard".

"Figures released today demonstrate just how easily this data can be skewed and how unreliable they are as a measure of teaching quality within this framework".

Overall, average student satisfaction in the United Kingdom has shown a decline from 86 per cent in 2016 to 84 per cent in this year's National Student Survey.

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