Cardiff best in Wales for student experience

17 March 2016

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Bangor displaced as Cardiff rises 17 places to 12th in the UK

Cardiff University offers the best student experience in Wales, displacing Bangor University, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience Survey.

Measured against the rest of the UK’s universities, Cardiff now sits in 12th place – a rise of 17 places on last year’s survey - while Bangor and Swansea trail behind at 14th and 33rd, respectively.

The THE Student Experience Survey, now in its 11th year, is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition, one created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them.

Professor Patricia Price, Cardiff University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, said:

“We are delighted to be in the top 20 universities in the UK and top in Wales for student experience. The University’s much improved position overall, and particularly on measures such as high quality lectures, facilities and well-structured courses, reflect significant investments we are making in the student experience.

“These include upgrading our learning spaces, longer library opening hours, a major focus on assessment and feedback and more access to student support services, as well as the establishment of a Centre for Education Innovation to drive learning and teaching excellence.”

John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, commented:

“Increasing competition between universities and an intense focus on the student experience are still top of the agenda for the higher education sector. Our survey is perfectly placed to track what this means in practice, and which universities are performing well in specific areas – whether in teaching and learning, or areas such as the standard of facilities, in which many institutions have been investing heavily.”

More than 15,000 full-time undergraduates took part in this year’s survey, with 4% more participating than last year. All respondents were members of YouthSight’s Student Panel – largely recruited via UCAS – and their views were gathered between October 2014 and June 2015.

The full survey results can be accessed here