The University has been placed 25th in the country for the quality of its teaching in the National Student Survey 2020, the results of which were published this week.
The ranking means final-year students gave overwhelmingly positive responses when asked if they agreed with statements such as ‘Staff are good at explaining things’ and 'Staff have made the subject interesting'.
The University also held its place in the top 50 for students’ overall satisfaction with their degree course.
The NSS, run by IPSOS Mori on behalf of the Office for Students (OfS), is the biggest survey of students’ views in the UK, with 311,432 final-year undergraduates – 68.6 per cent of those eligible – responding nationally this year.
Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with ‘lockdown’ in the UK being introduced in the middle of the survey period, nearly 80 per cent of University of Plymouth students took the time to share their views, a record in itself for the University since the survey began 10 years ago.
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Judith Petts CBE said:
“These results demonstrate first-hand the strength of our teaching and learning offer. I am delighted that, in spite of the unexpected changes to the way our programmes needed to be delivered as a result of the coronavirus, so many of our final-year undergraduates felt able to express so positively their satisfaction with our teaching and the facilities on offer.
"This vote of confidence in our overall quality and our ability to adapt to the situation stands us in good stead for the next academic year, when we will ensure we continue to offer a great teaching, learning and social experience to all our students.”Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education and Student Experience added:
“While this year’s NSS cohort will now be moving on to employment or further study, their immensely valuable feedback will help us to improve still further. I am very grateful for it, and wish them the very best for the future as they make their way in a world that will be different, yet still full of opportunity for our well-rounded graduates.”
Results from the NSS are a key element of the data used to compile many league tables, and are publicly available to help potential students make a choice about where and what to study.