Overall Satisfaction at Cardiff School of Geography and Planning has been rated at 100% in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) of final year undergraduate students.
When asked if they were satisfied overall with the School’s provision of Teaching, Feedback, Support and Personal Development respondents unanimously agreed they were.
Published annually, the NSS asks undergraduates to rate their university experience in areas including Teaching, Academic Support, Organisation and Learning Resources.
The results showed that 98% of the School’s students agreed that staff were good at explaining topics and that the course was intellectually stimulating.
A crucial feature of any degree programme is the level of academic support and here NSS revealed that again 98% of students agreed they were able to contact staff when needed and 96% agreed they had received sufficient advice and support with their studies.
This year’s outstanding NSS results underpin the School’s continued rise in several major university ranking tables. Planning and Geography is now 4th out of 62 universities and colleges in the UK in the Guardian’s 2015 University league table for geography and environmental studies, and 6th out of 72 universities in the most recent Sunday Times University guide for the same category.
The Sunday Times also ranked the School 8th in its Town and Country Planning and Landscape category.
Head of School Professor Paul Milbourne said “The School of Geography and Planning has risen up national league tables in recent years thanks to the excellence of its research, the exciting range of undergraduate courses offered and the high quality and innovative teaching delivered by staff. This is reflected in our outstanding student satisfaction scores this year, which rank us top in the UK in terms of overall satisfaction for human geography and town and country planning, and the dramatic increase in applications to study human geography at Cardiff University.
"It is also the case that geography and planning provide students with the skills needed in today’s employment market, combining critical thinking on place and environment with methodological training, work placements and opportunities to encounter different cultures through international field study visits.”
A 2012/13 University survey of graduate destinations showed that Planning and Geography students are also successful when finding employment or further study, with 94% securing graduate level employment or graduate level further study within six months of graduating.
Professor Milbourne concluded, “This is a great time to study at the School of Geography and Planning. The combination of research excellence, exciting courses and high quality teaching means that the future is bright for both students and the School”