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Norwich universities stand out in student satisfaction survey

The Ziggurat buildings at the UEA.
University of East Anglia.

The Ziggurat buildings at the UEA. University of East Anglia. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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Students in Norwich have been rated as among the most satisfied in the country, after they took to the polls to sing their universities’ praises.

The latest National Student Survey rated the 15,000 students at the University of East Anglia as the third most satisfied in England - beating their Oxford and Cambridge counterparts.

An overall satisfaction score of 92pc meant UEA shared the spot with the University of Exeter, closely following the University of Bath and Keele University.

The UEA is the only mainstream institution to achieve a place in the prestigious top five every year since the survey began in 2005.

The Norwich University of the Arts was also named the most highly rated specialist arts, design and media university, with an overall satisfaction rating of 89pc.

Of the 22 areas surveyed, NUA scored the highest or joint highest satisfaction percentage in 15, leading the way ahead of other specialist institutions.

Each year students are encouraged to rate their universities on teaching, academic support, resources and organisation and management.

Individual subjects are also ranked, with courses in the UEA’s School of Biology and Pharmacy being rated top in England.

Courses in Economics, Aural and Oral Sciences, Geography, Business and American Studies also received praise.

Professor Edward Acton, UEA vice-chancellor, said: “We are delighted that year after year UEA elicits more student enthusiasm than pretty well anywhere in the country. Particularly striking is the way we outperform the Russell Group.

“It is particularly encouraging given UEA’s explicit policy of intensifying undergraduate study. Our aim is to stimulate and support UEA students in devoting more time to their studies than any bar those at Oxbridge.”

The result is the latest league table success for UEA, which reached 14th place in the Guardian University Guide 2015, UEA’s highest ever league table position, earlier this year.

Professor John Last, NUA Vice-Chancellor, also expressed his delight.

“The university has invested significantly in its campus and infrastructure in recent years, with new resources and facilities for graphic design, fashion, animation, games art and photography.”

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