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Record National Student Survey response

26 May 2011

Nss WEBWith the cheque certificates are, left to right, Sarah Swain, Professor Jonathan Osmond and Delyth Tarrant

Cardiff students Sarah Swain and Delyth Tarrant have enjoyed the luck of the draw, following the University’s highest-ever response rate in the National Student Survey.

The University made a determined push this year to encourage as many students to respond to the survey and give frank opinions about the quality of teaching they receive.

The results of the survey will not be known until August. However, the University has already been told that 3237 final year students at Cardiff took part. The response rate of 71 per cent is Cardiff’s highest in the seven-year history of the survey.

The survey asks undergraduate students to rate their experiences in a range of areas, including feedback and assessment, learning resources and personal development. The results will help the University identify areas of strength and weakness and plan its future development of teaching and learning.

To show its gratitude to the students who responded, the University organised a random prize draw of all those taking part. The two winners, Sarah Swain from the School of Law and Delyth Tarrant, from the School of Physics, have each been presented with a cheque for £500 by Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students.

Professor Osmond said: "We are very grateful to all Cardiff students who took part in the survey. Not only have we had the highest response rate in our history, we were above the UK national average response of 66 per cent.

"We will not know the details of the feedback, positive and negative, until August. However, we can be confident that the opinions expressed will be those of a significant number of students. This will help us greatly in planning for the future. We are now hoping for an even better response from next year’s finalists for the 2012 Survey."