Student Experience Survey 2018: the results

Find out how your institution fared in the SES rankings

March 22, 2018
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Get the full results of the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018


 

 

 

 

Overall score

Rank University name Overall score
- TOTAL 76.0
1 Loughborough University 85.1
2 Harper Adams University 84.9
3 University of Leeds 83.3
4 University of Bath 83.1
5 University of Sheffield 82.7
6 University of Oxford 82.1
7 University of Surrey 81.3
7 Newcastle University 81.3
7 University of Exeter 81.3
10 University of Chichester 81.2
10 University of St Andrews 81.2
12 Royal Veterinary College 81.1
12 Falmouth University 81.1
14 University of Dundee 80.7
15 Lancaster University 80.5
16 University of Nottingham 80.4
17 Edge Hill University 80.3
18 University of Cambridge 80.2
18 University of York 80.2
18 Durham University 80.2
21 Bangor University 80.1
22 University of East Anglia (UEA) 79.9
23 University of Lincoln 79.5
24 University of Reading 79.3
24 Queen's University Belfast 79.3
26 Aberystwyth University 79.2
26 Cardiff University 79.2
26 Nottingham Trent University 79.2
29 Swansea University 79.1
29 University of Southampton 79.1
29 University of Birmingham 79.1
32 Northumbria University 79.0
32 University of Manchester 79.0
34 York St John University 78.8
34 Teesside University 78.8
36 University of Glasgow 78.7
37 Keele University 78.2
38 University of Stirling 78.1
38 University of Liverpool 78.1
40 University of Warwick 78.0
41 University of Strathclyde 77.9
42 University of Worcester 77.7
42 University of Bristol 77.7
44 De Montfort University 77.6
45 University of Chester 77.3
45 Sheffield Hallam University 77.3
45 Manchester Metropolitan University 77.3
48 University of Sussex 77.2
48 University of Hull 77.2
50 Robert Gordon University 76.9
51 Canterbury Christ Church University 76.8
52 University of Essex 76.7
52 University of Edinburgh 76.7
54 University of Derby 76.6
55 Bournemouth University 76.5
56 Royal Holloway, University of London 76.3
56 Coventry University 76.3
58 Heriot-Watt University 76.1
58 Aston University 76.1
60 St George's, University of London 76.0
60 University of Winchester 76.0
60 University of Gloucestershire 76.0
60 King's College London 76.0
64 Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine 75.8
65 University of Huddersfield 75.7
65 Plymouth University 75.7
67 Glasgow Caledonian University 75.6
67 University of Leicester 75.6
69 University of Hertfordshire 75.5
70 University of Aberdeen 75.4
71 University of Portsmouth 75.1
71 University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) 75.1
73 University of Kent 75.0
74 University of Salford 74.9
75 Staffordshire University 74.7
76 Birkbeck, University of London 74.5
77 Liverpool John Moores University 74.3
77 University College London (UCL) 74.3
79 University of Central Lancashire 74.1
80 University of Sunderland 73.9
81 Southampton Solent University 73.7
81 Bath Spa University 73.7
83 Leeds Beckett University 73.5
84 Queen Mary, University of London 73.1
85 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 73
86 University of Bradford 72.9
87 Buckinghamshire New University 72.8
87 University of Cumbria 72.8
87 University of East London 72.8
90 Cardiff Metropolitan University 72.5
90 Birmingham City University 72.5
92 Brunel University 72.4
93 University of Brighton 72.2
94 Edinburgh Napier University 72.1
94 Oxford Brookes University 72.1
94 University of Ulster 72.1
97 University of South Wales 72
98 Goldsmiths, University of London 71.9
98 Anglia Ruskin University 71.9
100 Kingston University 71.4
101 University of Northampton 71.3
102 University of the Arts London 71.1
103 University of West London 70.9
104 London School of Economics and Political Science 70.6
105 Roehampton University 70.4
106 Norwich University of the Arts 70
106 University of Westminster 70
106 City University London 70
109 London Metropolitan University 69.8
110 Middlesex University 69.7
111 University of Wolverhampton 69.6
112 University of Greenwich 69
113 London South Bank University 68.8
113 University of Bedfordshire 68.8
115 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) 67.5
116 University of the West of Scotland 66.5

Academic experience

University name Rank by attribute Overall ranking
Harper Adams University 1 2
University of Oxford 2 6
University of St Andrews 3 =10
University of Cambridge 4 =18
University of Chichester 5 =10

Security

University name Rank by attribute Overall ranking
University of Surrey 1 =7
University of Bath 2 4
University of Chichester =3 =10
Lancaster University =3 15
University of St Andrews 5 =10

Student welfare

University name Rank by attribute Overall ranking
Harper Adams University 1 2
Loughborough University 2 1
University of Chichester 3 =10
University of St Andrews 4 =10
University of Leeds 5 3

Accommodation

University name Rank by attribute  Overall ranking
Lancaster University 1 15
Loughborough University 2 1
Harper Adams University 3 2
Edge Hill University 4 17
University of Sheffield 5 5

Societal experience

University name Rank by attribute Overall rank
Loughborough University 1 1
University of Leeds 2 3
University of Sheffield 3 5
Newcastle University 4 =7
University of Bath 5 4

Industry connections

University name Rank by attribute Overall ranking
Harper Adams University 1 2
Loughborough University 2 1
University of Bath 3 4
Royal Veterinary College 4 =12
London School of Economics and Political Science 5 104

University facilities

University name Rank by attribute Overall ranking
Loughborough University 1 1
University of Leeds 2 3
University of Bath 3 4
University of Dundee 4 14
Harper Adams University 5 2

Figuring it out: the methodology behind the results

This year, the annual results are based on the responses of 20,251 undergraduates, who were asked to describe how their university contributed to a positive or negative experience on a seven-point scale, from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. Questions have remained unchanged since 2005 to allow comparisons across years.

Data are collected from October to June from full-time, UK-based undergraduates. There is a one-year time lag between collection and publication. 

The survey is linked to YouthSight’s student omnibus surveys and respondents can participate once a year. Only full-time undergraduate members of YouthSight’s 140,000-strong opinion panel community can take part.

For each measure, a mean “agreement score” is created per institution. Each score for the 21 formulated measures is then weighted depending on how strongly it correlates with the 22nd “measure” recommendation. 

For each institution, the sum of the weighted mean scores is divided by the sum of the weights to calculate a weighted average mean. This is then indexed to provide an overall score (out of 100). 

A selection of composite scores have been created to allow institutions to see how they are performing in different areas of student experience. 

As the number of responses per institution broadly reflects institution size, it is not always possible to achieve a large enough sample to provide statistically robust data at all institutions. The compromise is to set a minimum threshold of 50 responses per institution before inclusion. In total, 116 institutions were included, with an average sample size of 175.

As with any survey, there is an “error bar” linked to each institution’s sample size and variance. On average, for the SES, a difference of 3.7 points in the overall score is required to produce a significant difference between institutions. So, at the top and bottom of the rankings, institutions have to move only a few places to see a significant difference, but in the middle, where scores are bunched together, rankings need to shift by 30-40 places to see a significant difference.

For the first time this year, three-year rolling average data have been published, which aggregate results for a period of three consecutive years, starting with the years 2009 to 2011. 

This allows for a very large sample, which reduces the impact of sampling errors in any one given year. The next time period adds one year and loses one year – for example, the period 2009-11 is followed by 2010-12, and so on. In this way, we are able to show the long-term trends at the level of individual higher -education institutions and the overall sector.  

We have supplied a rolling three-year -verage for the overall scores, for the composite scores and for each individual measure. Only institutions that achieve at least 150 interviews across a three-year rolling period have been included in calculations. 

Ashleigh Gillan 
Research manager
YouthSight

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