University of Southampton places 90th in student satisfaction survey

We ain’t so happy

The University of Southampton has placed 90th in the NSS (national student survey), which is the biggest survey of student opinion in the UK.

They were in joint place with: Anglia Ruskin, Falmouth, Hertford Regional College, Hertfordshire, Manchester Met, Northampton, Oxford Brookes, Plymouth College of Art, Queen Mary, Regent’s University London, Roehampton, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, University of the West of Scotland and Ulster University. They all scored a percentage of 83% for overall student satisfaction.

The joint three who topped the list were University of Buckingham, Royal Veterinary College and University of St Andrews who all scored a 94% satisfaction percentage. So it seems as if league tables and Russell Group status isn’t always a factor in how happy the average student is at their chosen university.

This survey includes the opinions of 300,000 national students. Interestingly, universities such as Oxford and Cambridge surprisingly do not feature. This is because to be eligible, at least 50% of final year students have to complete the survey. Many students boycotted the survey in protest against the teaching excellence framework, which is why these institutions are not included.