UWTSD ranked 7th in UK for ‘Academic Experience’ in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has claimed a top ten finish for ‘Academic Experience’ in the UK-wide Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

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Of the 116 British universities that were part of the survey, and behind only Harper Adams University, the University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, University of Cambridge, University of Chichester and the Royal Veterinary College, UWTSD was ranked 7th overall in the UK and 1st in Wales for ‘Academic Experience’.  Participants in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey were asked to provide ratings on a wide range of aspects concerning their academic and overall student experience

Within the ‘Academic Experience’ category, UWTSD scored extremely well with a 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales for ‘tuition in small groups’, joint 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales for ‘Good personal relationship with teaching staff’; joint 6th in the UK for ‘Helpful and Interested Staff’ and joint 10th in the UK for ‘High-quality staff / lectures’ category.  In addition, within the ‘Student Welfare’ category, UWTSD came joint 8th in the UK and 1st in Wales for 'good support/welfare'.



Dr Mirjam Plantinga, the University's Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, said:

“In a survey of all major Universities in the UK, it’s particularly pleasing to see us score so highly in the “Academic Experience” category.  Scoring highly in this category is important to the University as this is a key area where we believe we are able to offer added value to all those studying with us.  Staff at UWTSD work hard to make University life for our students enjoyable and fulfilling, so to be recognised in this way, based on student feedback, is excellent news.  The students clearly respect and appreciate our academic staff and I’d like to thank and congratulate all the staff for their hard work.

The quality of our teaching and learning is central to our mission and we always look for ways to improve the student experience.  We were shortlisted in three categories for the 2018 Whatuni Student Choice Awards earlier in the month.  It is extremely pleasing for us to see UWTSD do well in areas which we really pride ourselves on, especially as both of these surveys are based on student feedback. Student engagement is a priority at UWTSD and working closely in partnership with our students is crucial to achieving a high quality student experience.

As we do with every survey we will be looking at the results to help us identify areas for enhancement.  National surveys provide us with that vital feedback to help us ensure we're meeting the needs of our students."

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk