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100% student satisfaction 3 years in a row

12 August 2015

Marine Geography students in Greece
Marine Geography students studying marine ecology on their field course to Greece

For the third year in a row Marine Geography students have recorded 100% overall satisfaction with their course in the recent National Student Survey and for the first time, so have 100% of BSc Exploration and Resource (placement year) students. All students on the BSc Exploration and Resource geology scheme agreed that the course is well organized and running smoothly and 96% recorded overall satisfaction.

Across the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, regardless of degree scheme, 95% students recorded that the enthusiasm of staff for their subject made their teaching interesting and intellectually stimulating and 94% that the IT and library resources provided by the School are sufficient for their needs. This reflects the improvement seen in NSS feedback across the whole of Cardiff University.

The NSS is a well-established annual census of final year students across the UK, which asks undergraduates to provide feedback on key aspects of the student learning experience and their overall satisfaction with their university.

Dr Simon Wakefield, Director of Teaching and Learning said ‘ In EARTH we are renowned for the friendly environment between students and staff often resulting from the connections made on fieldwork. We shall continue to use this to our advantage when we discuss how we can further improve the student experience within the School in the new academic year.’

Ian Hall, Head of School, commented ‘There is a great deal in these latest NSS survey results for EARTH, and its staff, to feel extremely proud about.   We are doing many things tremendously well and this is clearly recognised and appreciated by our students.  We will continue our work hard to maintain these high standards but will also collectively strive to improve our standards in those areas identified as not reaching expectation. To do this we will continue to build our partnership with EARTH students through our ‘Student Voice’ activities.   We value the active and open dialogue we have established though our Staff-Student fora, in which items raised by the students are discussed, and improvements to academic or administrative procedures within EARTH proposed.’

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