Best HE student satisfaction results in Humber region
25th October 2012 11:11am - Return to press releases
East Riding College has been named the higher education provider with the best student satisfaction ratings in the Humber region.
Some 90 per cent of the College’s students said they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, up from 87 per cent in 2011 and compared to the average score for colleges of 81 per cent and 85 per cent for all institutions.
In particular, students said that staff were good at explaining things, enthusiastic and accessible, and that their course was intellectually stimulating, with 94 per cent agreeing to these statements.
The National Student Survey, carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, drew responses from about 287,000 final year students at 154 higher education institutions and 106 further education colleges.
Principal Derek Branton said: “This is an outstanding result for East Riding College and demonstrates the very high quality of teaching and learning across our degrees, foundation degrees and other higher level courses.
“Our main focus is to ensure that students are challenged and stimulated by their higher education experience, feel they are getting excellent value for money and complete their course with the qualification that will help them to achieve their career goals.”
Oliver Brown, who is studying towards a Foundation Degree in Applied Digital Media, said: “I have enjoyed my time on the foundation degree course, finding it rewarding and challenging, in particular having to think independently.
“The course has broadened my horizons and given me new skills, which I have been able to use on professional projects. The Learning Resource Centre staff are especially helpful and knowledgeable.”
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 a wide variety of subjects at its campuses in Beverley and Bridlington, and a smaller site in Hull. These include degrees, foundation degrees and other types of qualifications offered by industry-specific awarding bodies.
The College has recently extended its offer significantly with the introduction of a range of higher national certificates and diplomas.
For more information, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.
Notes to editors
The results of the National Student Survey can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lt/publicinfo/nationalstudentsurvey/nationalstudentsurveydata/2012/
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