Press Releases 2016

UWTSD ranked first in five categories in an international survey of students’ experience

08.01.2016

The results of an international survey inviting students to rate their University experience has been welcomed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

UWTSD was ranked first out of the 46 institutions globally who took part in the 2015 Autumn Wave of the International Student Barometer and Student Barometer in five categories, including for student satisfaction with the teaching ability of lecturers and supervisors, and for personal tutors.

The expertise of lecturers, learning support, student services, careers and employability services were also each rated very highly by students at UWTSD.  In addition, the University also saw improvements across each of the categories, including an increase of 5.3% in the percentage of students who would recommend the University to other students.

The Student Barometer (SB) and International Student Barometer (ISB), managed by i-graduate, is an international benchmark which tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of UK-based and international students.  The survey invites students to rate the importance of, and their satisfaction with, a range of issues relating to studying at University including learning and living experiences as well as the application process, arrival at the University and a range of support services offered through to graduation. 

“The results of they survey are very encouraging”,  said Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor.  “Such an endorsement for the University by our students is very good news to receive at the beginning of the New Year. The quality of the student experience is central to our  mission and we have introduced several new initiatives over the past year to improve and enhance the range of facilities and services offered to our students.  It is gratifying to note that such investment is making a real difference.” 

Lucy Griffiths, the University's Head of Student Engagement, said "The University has a strong commitment to seeking feedback from students and working in partnership with the Student's Union to improve the student experience.  Taking part in the Student Barometer provides us with vital feedback to help us ensure we're meeting student needs.  It is excellent to see our personal tutor system, the quality of the learning experience, and our employability support rated so highly by our students as these are key areas where we believe we are able to offer added value to those studying with us".

The Student Barometer is the largest annual study of students in the world, with feedback from over 2 million respondents, and i-graduate surveys have been implemented by 1,400 education institutions worldwide running in 28 countries across 5 continents.  UWTSD is participating in the survey for the second year, and invited its students to complete the survey during the Autumn of 2015.