Strathclyde fifth in UK for student satisfaction, according to Times Higher Education

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The University of Strathclyde has been placed fifth in the UK for overall student satisfaction, following analysis of the 2021 National Student Survey by the Times Higher Education.

The University scored over 85%, significantly above the UK average of 75%, and moved up 28 places from last year on the THE list. The league table ranked 150 higher education institutions in the UK.

At the same time, Strathclyde’s detailed analysis of the results has shown that 30 subject areas are now in the top quartile for student satisfaction, doubling from 15 in 2019/20. 

The National Student Survey is the UK’s largest and longest running survey of student opinion. Compilers do not produce a ranking, but respected education publication THE, generated an annual table from the data.

Outstanding efforts

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “The survey results reflect the outstanding efforts made by our University community against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

I am enormously proud of the way our staff and students have worked together, finding innovative solutions to overcome challenges and in creating new opportunities to advance learning, while supporting each other every step of the way. Strathclyders are recognised for being bold, innovative, people-orientated, collaborative and ambitious, and these values have been the hallmark of our response to the pandemic.

“While we are delighted that our students have ranked us highly, we will not be resting on our laurels. Our student community is at the heart of our decision making, and in addition to ensuring that they have the skills, attributes and entrepreneurial outlook needed by today’s employers, we want to ensure that every student has the best possible university experience while studying at Strathclyde.”

The results come as Strathclyde is preparing to welcome new and returning students back to campus in September with the opening of its flagship Learning and Teaching building – the University’s largest capital project investment to date. The facility will bring together all of our student services under one roof for the first time. In addition, this will house a new home for Strath Union and its 100 clubs and societies, and provide leading-edge technology integrated across lecture theatres, group working and learning spaces.

* This article was updated in January 2022 to reflect a change to the THE table.