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Kent confirmed as one of top universities in the UK

The 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) has confirmed Kent as a top UK university for student satisfaction.

Kent placed third* for overall satisfaction, with Oxford and Cambridge joint second behind the Open University.

Kent has also achieved a top 10 position for overall student satisfaction in 17 subjects, and is in the top 20 for 26 out its 36 subject areas.

The NSS is a national initiative, conducted annually since 2005. The survey is aimed at all final-year undergraduates in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as those attending 15 out of 19 HEIs in Scotland. There are 23 core questions, relating to the following aspects of the student learning experience: teaching; assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management; learning resources; personal development; overall satisfaction; and students' union.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow welcomed the news of Kent's latest success. She said: 'I am pleased that our students rate their experience at Kent so highly. Their overwhelming endorsement of the University and our academic offer is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of all our academic and professional services staff.

'It also confirms that our continuous investment in teaching and research, undergraduate support, and residential and study environments, is recognised and valued by our many students.'

The University of Kent has UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway. It was ranked 22nd in the most recent Guardian University Guide. It was also recently described by Which? University as one 'that provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching'.

The NSS is organised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in partnership with the government and the National Union of Students, and is carried out by independent market research company Ipsos-MORI. Full NSS results are available at

* out of all publicly funded, multi-faculty (i.e. not single-subject/specialist institutions) universities


Story published at 4:07pm 5 October 2012

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