Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Graduating students have rated the University of Worcester highly for teaching, assessment and personal development in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).
The University scored highly across the board in the independent, official survey, with 84% of Worcester final year students saying they were satisfied overall. Worcester scores in the top half nationally.
The survey’s results follow a glowing report from the Country’s national independent education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), earlier this month. The QAA praised academic quality at Worcester and particularly commended the University for the work it does to promote the employability of its graduates as well as to include students with a disability.
Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “The University of Worcester aims to inspire our students for life. We are delighted by this positive appreciation from our graduating students who believe that their studies have helped develop their self confidence and professionalism. Their belief is shared by employers who consistently choose to employ Worcester graduates.
“Our philosophy is to encourage the professional and personal development of all our students. Our culture promotes responsibility, involvement, high standards and hard work. Colleagues at the University work very hard to provide outstandingly good educational and personal development opportunities for our students.
“We are confident that the substantial capital improvements at the University, including the new university and public library, which opens in 11 months, will lead to even better results in future.”
The University of Worcester has had the highest overall graduate employment rate for any university in the West Midlands over the past three years. In these three years, it has been first twice and second once. In 2010 it had the sixth best graduate employment rate in the country and has never been out of the top 20 nationally. This is, in part, due to the University’s ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, which helps students to secure meaningful and relevant employment during their studies and is evidenced in the QAA’s audit report.
The one area where the University is below the national average in the NSS is learning resources, something the University has been and is working to improve.
Professor Green said: “Over the past 12 months we have opened our new City Campus, in the beautiful historic buildings of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary. These fully refurbished buildings now provide outstanding learning facilities for computing, social science, geography, history, English, business and many other students. The City Campus includes a specialist health and wellbeing centre in which the University’s sports therapy, social care and other students work with professionals to provide an excellent service for the public whilst learning their profession.
“Our new Riverside building, which includes top class specialist sporting and drama facilities, will open fully this September. The development of our specialist Fine Art facility at ‘The Garage’ was completed in May. When the new library and history centre opens in July next year it will be the first fully integrated university and public library in Europe and will provide a wonderful learning resource.
“The University aims to make a full contribution to Worcester becoming a first rank Cathedral and University City. We will continue to improve our facilities, and make sure that they are as inclusive and accessible as possible. We also hope to announce very positive developments in the campaign for the Worcester Arena in the next two months.”
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