Student Experience Survey 2017: best UK universities for student welfare

The best universities in the UK for student welfare – as decided by current students – have been revealed

March 23 2017

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View the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

More and more students are coming forward and opening up about feelings of stress and anxiety. In fact, research has found that one in eight university students experiences a mental health condition – so it is important that universities provide the support that students need during their time there.

Participants in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey were asked to provide a rating between “strongly agree” and “strongly disagree” on whether their university has “good welfare support”.

Harper Adams University topped the list in providing the best welfare support for its students. One of the ways in which Harper Adams implements strategies to support student welfare is with the appointment of wardens, students who live on campus and help first-year students to settle in. “There’s always one or two who get homesick. You can sense when someone is not 100 per cent happy,” says warden Kris Dummett, who is studying for a master’s in agricultural engineering. Read more from him here

See the full student welfare results table below.

Rank University name Student Welfare Composite
1 Harper Adams University 83.7
2 Loughborough University 83.2
3 Falmouth University 80.7
4 Royal Veterinary College 80.6
5 Keele University 80.6
6 Newcastle University 80.3
7 University of Surrey 80.3
8 Edge Hill University 79.8
9 University of Leeds 79.6
10 University of Chester 79.3
11 Bangor University 79.2
12 University of Derby 79.2
13 Robert Gordon University 79.1
14 York St John University 79.1
15 Durham University 79.0
16 Queen’s University Belfast 78.9
17 University of St Andrews 78.8
18 University of Sheffield 78.8
19 University of Oxford 78.7
20 University of Worcester 78.5
21 University of Nottingham 78.5
22 University of Bath 78.4
23 Swansea University 78.3
24 University of Birmingham 78.2
25 Heriot-Watt University 77.5
26 University of Dundee 77.4
27 University of Winchester 77.4
28 University of Gloucestershire 77.2
29 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 77.1
30 St George’s, University of London 77.0
31 University of Reading 77.0
32 University of Stirling 77.0
33 Newman  University 76.8
34 Cardiff University 76.7
35 University Campus Suffolk 76.7
36 University of Manchester 76.7
37 University of East Anglia (UEA) 76.7
38 University of Bristol 76.7
39 Northumbria University 76.7
40 Ulster University 76.5
41 University of Strathclyde 76.4
42 University of Central Lancashire 76.3
43 Brunel University London 76.0
44 Liverpool Hope University 76.0
45 University of Leicester 75.9
46 Coventry University 75.8
47 Aston University 75.8
48 Arts University Bournemouth 75.8
49 Manchester Metropolitan University 75.8
50 University of Exeter 75.2
51 University of Portsmouth 75.1
52 Aberystwyth University 75.1
53 Nottingham Trent University 75.0
54 University of York 74.9
55 University of Southampton 74.8
56 De Montfort University 74.8
57 Teesside University 74.7
58 Lancaster University 74.5
59 University of Cambridge 74.5
60 University of Salford 74.5
61 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 74.4
62 Bournemouth University 74.3
63 University of Lincoln 74.2
64 Norwich University of the Arts 74.1
65 University of Huddersfield 74.0
66 University of Warwick 74.0
67 University of the West of England 74.0
68 Sheffield Hallam University 73.9
69 Oxford Brookes University 73.9
70 University of Liverpool 73.7
71 Bath Spa University 73.7
72 Royal Holloway, University of London 73.7
73 University of Aberdeen 73.6
74 Southampton Solent University 73.6
75 University of Cumbria 73.6
76 Glasgow Caledonian University 73.5
77 University of Bradford 73.5
78 Queen Mary University of London 73.3
79 University of Glasgow 73.3
80 University of Wolverhampton 73.1
81 Cardiff Metropolitan University 73.0
82 University of Edinburgh 72.9
83 University of Kent 72.9
84 Bucks New University 72.8
85 Imperial College London 72.8
86 University of Essex 72.6
87 Plymouth University 72.5
88 Leeds Beckett University 72.4
89 Anglia Ruskin University 72.3
90 Edinburgh Napier University 72.2
91 Liverpool John Moores University 72.2
92 University of Greenwich 72.0
93 University of Bedfordshire 72.0
94 University of the West of Scotland 71.6
95 University of Sussex 71.5
96 Abertay University 71.4
97 Canterbury Christ Church University 71.2
98 University of Roehampton 70.7
99 University of Brighton 70.6
100 Staffordshire University 70.6
101 University of Hull 70.2
102 University of South Wales 70.0
103 University of East London 70.0
104 Goldsmiths, University of London 69.9
105 King’s College London 69.9
106 Soas, University of London 69.8
107 University of Sunderland 69.7
108 University of Hertfordshire 69.0
109 University for the Creative Arts 68.7
110 University of West London 68.5
111 Kingston University 68.4
112 University College London (UCL) 67.8
113 Birmingham City University 67.7
114 The Open University 67.4
115 University of Northampton 67.3
116 Middlesex University 67.2
117 City, University of London 66.0
118 University of Westminster 65.6
119 University of the Arts London 65.6
120 London South Bank University 64.3
121 London Metropolitan University 62.1
122 London School of Economics and Political Science 61.6

Read more:

THE Student Experience Survey 2017 overall results
Student Experience Survey 2017: hear from students at the top institutions 

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