Higher education students love East Riding College

22nd August 2011 4:05pm - Return to press releases

Photo. Ben Cowton.jpgHigher education students have given their East Riding College course a big thumbs up as part of a national survey.
The National Student Survey, carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, drew responses from about 265,000 final year students at 154 higher education institutions and 99 further education colleges.
East Riding College students were full of praise for their course, with 87 per cent saying they were "satisfied", compared to 83 per cent across all institutions and 78 per cent for colleges offering higher education.
An impressive 90 per cent of East Riding College students were satisfied with the teaching on their courses (84 per cent nationally) while 88 per cent were satisfied with their personal development (80 per cent nationally). 

Mark Keen, the College's assistant director for quality, said: "This is an excellent result for East Riding College as it shows how highly our higher education students rate their course and experience of studying with us.
"Our lecturers are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject.  Students are stimulated and challenged to reach their full potential due to the excellent teaching and support.
"This survey shows that East Riding College is a first-rate choice for higher education and compares very favourably to other institutions in the region and nationally." 

Ben Cowton (pictured), 20, from Rudston, is about to start the final year of the Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at the College. After the course he plans to progress to a full degree and then go on to work in strength and conditioning training.
He said: "I like the way the course is set out, with a range of teaching methods, and the way you get a lot of contact time with the tutors.
"The course is helping me to further my knowledge and I'd recommend the course to anyone who is thinking about going into higher education."

The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI, provides valuable information for prospective students, and helps universities and colleges to further improve the education they provide. Colleges and universities are asked to encourage students to complete the survey but cannot influence their responses.

East Riding College offers a range of full-time and part-time higher level courses in accountancy, digital media, early years, education, health and safety, information technology, management and sport and recreation, and teacher training at its campuses in Beverley and Bridlington, and a smaller site in Hull. These include foundation degrees, degrees and other types of qualifications offered by industry-specific awarding bodies.


Notes to editors

For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email [email protected]

The National Student Survey contained 22 questions across six sections and a final question about overall satisfaction. The national results and the East Riding College results are shown below.

Percentage of students "satisfied"


National results

East Riding College results

The teaching on my course



Assessment and feedback



Academic support



Organisation and management



Learning resources



Personal development



Overall satisfaction