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Chichester students among most satisfied in England

Students from the University of Chichester are among the most satisfied in the UK, according to a new survey.

The results published last week for the 2014 National Student Survey - a poll taken each year for the government by Isos Mori - showed that 89 per cent of students from the University were satisfied coursesoverall with their course.The report, which polled 320,000 graduating students across the UK, means that Chichester is now ranked in the top 25 per cent of all 158 universities, colleges, and conservatoires providing higher education in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

The same government poll rated Chichester in the top 15 universities in the UK for teaching satisfaction. Vice-Chancellor Professor Clive Behagg expressed his delight at the results. He added: “Student satisfaction is even more important now than ever before. The new fees mean that students are rightly concerned about value for money. People ask me why Chichester’s scores are so high every year for the National Student Survey when we are one of the smallest universities in the country.

"Our secret lies in the learning community created by all of our staff – a combination of excellent teaching and wonderful support from the rest of the staff. This gives our students a real sense of belonging and helps them to exceed their own expectations.”

975 undergraduate students from Chichester took part in the survey, which detailed different aspects of their degrees - including assessments and academic support. Dr Mark Mason, Deputy Dean at the University stressed the hard work that went into ensuring a good fit between the skills that graduates gain on the programmes and those that are needed in the world of work.

He added: “We work closely with our students to ensure that our learning and teaching reflects excellent practice, while a focus on employability and enterprise skills means our graduates are equipped to thrive in a global economy.”

To find out more about student experience at the University of Chichester go to www.chi.ac.uk/about-us. Alternatively for more on the results of the National Student Survey visit http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/.