National Student Survey 2016: overall satisfaction results

See the full results for UK universities ranked by student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016
August 10 2016

The results of the 2016 National Student Survey reveal which UK universities are keeping their students the most satisfied.

At the two universities with the joint highest scores, 97 per cent of taught students either definitely or mostly agreed that they were satisfied overall with the quality of their course.

So, which UK universities have the happiest students?

The University of Buckingham in the south of England increased its overall satisfaction score from 95 per cent in 2015, and jumped from third to joint first place, alongside the University of Law.

The University of Law, which has branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London and Manchester, increased its satisfaction score by 9 per cent, rising from 47th place last year.


More detailed analysis of the 2016 NSS results


In total, about 312,000 final-year students from 155 institutions responded to the survey. The table below excludes further education colleges and small or specialist colleges. The results below are ranked only by overall satisfaction.

Even at the institutions with the lowest scores, between 71 per cent and 75 per cent of students were generally satisfied. 

Of all the respondents to the survey, 86 per cent said they were satisfied overall with their course.

National Student Survey (NSS) Results 2016: Overall Satisfaction

NSS Rank 2016

Institution

Overall Satisfaction (%)

=1

University of Buckingham

97

=1

The University of Law

97

3

St Mary's University College, Belfast

95

=4

Courtauld Institute of Art

94

=4

Keele University

94

=4

University of St Andrews

94

=7

Bishop Grosseteste University

92

=7

Harper Adams University

92

=7

Liverpool Hope University

92

=7

Aberystwyth University

92

=11

Coventry University

91

=11

University of East Anglia

91

=11

University of Exeter

91

=11

Heythrop College, University of London

91

=11

Lancaster University

91

=11

University of Lincoln

91

=11

Royal Veterinary College

91

=11

University of Dundee

91

=11

Stranmillis University College

91

=20

University of Bath

90

=20

University of Cambridge

90

=20

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

90

=20

University of Essex

90

=20

University of Kent

90

=20

University of Leeds

90

=20

Medway School of Pharmacy

90

=20

Newcastle University

90

=20

University of Oxford

90

=20

Rose Bruford College

90

=20

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

90

=20

University of Surrey

90

=20

Bangor University

90

=20

Swansea University

90

=20

Queen's University Belfast

90

=35

University of Birmingham

89

=35

Durham University

89

=35

Loughborough University

89

=35

University of Nottingham

89

=35

Nottingham Trent University

89

=35

The Open University

89

=35

University of Portsmouth

89

=35

Royal Academy of Music

89

=35

Royal Holloway, University of London

89

=35

University of Sheffield

89

=35

University of St Mark and St John

89

=35

University of Sussex

89

=35

University of York

89

=35

University of Glasgow

89

=35

Heriot-Watt University

89

=35

University of Stirling

89

=51

Aston University

88

=51

Leeds College of Art

88

=51

School of Oriental and African Studies

88

=51

Royal Agricultural University

88

=51

University of Warwick

88

=51

York College

88

=51

University of Aberdeen

88

=51

University of Abertay Dundee

88

=51

University of Leicester

88

=51

Ulster University

88

=60

Birkbeck, University of London

87

=60

University of Chester

87

=60

University of Chichester

87

=60

Edge Hill University

87

=60

University of Huddersfield

87

=60

University of Liverpool

87

=60

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

87

=60

Oxford Brookes University

87

=60

University of Reading

87

=60

Teesside University

87

=60

Tyne Metropolitan College

87

=60

University of the West of England

87

=60

University of Winchester

87

=60

University of Strathclyde

87

=60

University of the West of Scotland

87

=60

Cardiff University

87

=76

Anglia Ruskin University

86

=76

University College Birmingham

86

=76

University of Bristol

86

=76

University of Derby

86

=76

University of Gloucestershire

86

=76

University of Hull

86

=76

Northumbria University

86

=76

Royal College of Music

86

=76

University of Southampton

86

=76

Queen Margaret University

86

=76

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

86

=87

City University London

85

=87

University for the Creative Arts

85

=87

De Montfort University

85

=87

Falmouth University

85

=87

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

85

=87

Hull and York Medical School

85

=87

University of Manchester

85

=87

Manchester Metropolitan University

85

=87

Newman University

85

=87

Plymouth University

85

=87

Richmond, the American International University in London, Inc.

85

=87

St Mary's University, Twickenham

85

=87

Staffordshire University

85

=87

University of Worcester

85

=87

Robert Gordon University

85

=87

Wrexham Glyndwr University

85

=102

Bath Spa University

84

=102

University of Bedfordshire

84

=102

Birmingham City University

84

=102

Canterbury Christ Church University

84

=102

Leeds Beckett University

84

=102

Liverpool John Moores University

84

=102

University College London

84

=102

University of Northampton

84

=102

Queen Mary University of London

84

=102

Sheffield Hallam University

84

=102

University of West London

84

=102

The University of Wolverhampton

84

=102

Edinburgh Napier University

84

=102

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

84

=116

University of Bradford

83

=116

Brunel University London

83

=116

University of Central Lancashire

83

=116

University of East London

83

=116

Goldsmiths, University of London

83

=116

University of Greenwich

83

=116

Imperial College London

83

=116

Middlesex University

83

=116

University of Sunderland

83

=116

York St John University

83

=116

Glasgow Caledonian University

83

=116

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

83

=116

Cardiff Metropolitan University

83

=129

Arts University Bournemouth

82

=129

University of Bolton

82

=129

Bournemouth University

82

=129

Buckinghamshire New University

82

=129

University of Hertfordshire

82

=129

King's College London

82

=129

University of Roehampton

82

=129

Royal Northern College of Music

82

=129

University of Salford

82

=138

Leeds Trinity University

81

=138

London Metropolitan University

81

=138

London South Bank University

81

=138

Plymouth College of Art

81

=138

Southampton Solent University

81

=138

University of Westminster

81

=138

University of the Highlands and Islands

81

=145

University of Brighton

80

=145

University of Cumbria

80

=145

ifs University College

80

=145

Kingston University

80

=145

St George's, University of London

80

=145

University Campus Suffolk

80

=145

University of Edinburgh

80

=145

University of South Wales

80

153

Norwich University of the Arts

79

154

SRUC

76

=155

BPP University Limited

75

=155

London School of Economics and Political Science

75

157

Glasgow School of Art.

74

=158

University of the Arts London

72

=158

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

72

160

Ravensbourne

71

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Edinburgh has done it again... pathetic results and still claiming they are top of the world.

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