Students have provided a ringing endorsement for higher education provision at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) in a national survey that has seen satisfaction rates rise, putting the college ahead of the sector both regionally and across the UK.
Results from the National Student Survey (NSS), published today, show that nine out of ten students are satisfied with their experience of higher education at NWSLC with overall satisfaction seeing an increase of 12.5 per cent over the last two years. The college’s HE provision was also highly rated for the quality of its teaching, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and the learning opportunities in which students can engage.
Data shows that satisfaction with the college’s learning community and Student Voice activities has significantly increased and is ten per cent ahead of sector averages. The 90 per cent satisfaction rate amongst NWSLC students is seven points above the national average and NWSLC now heads the leader board of 12 regional further education colleges and eight universities in terms of student satisfaction with higher education courses.
The NSS, the largest of its kind in the UK, is managed by the Office for Students (OfS) and gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses which helps to inform prospective students’ choices, provides data that supports universities and colleges to improve the student experience, and supports public accountability. Every university in the UK and many colleges take part in the NSS and response rates are consistently high.
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive at NWSLC said, “We are delighted with these fantastic results which are a fitting tribute to the hard work of our staff during what has been a difficult year for everyone. Our students have really risen to the challenge of maintaining a focus on their studies during the coronavirus lockdown and our staff have consistently worked to support them above and beyond normal expectations, keeping them on track and helping them to complete their qualifications. We are very proud of the whole team that has worked so hard over the last few years to improve the learning experience for our HE students.”
NWSLC offers an extensive range of Higher National Certificates (HNCs), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) that can be converted into full degrees with a further year of study at university. The college works closely with its partner universities Coventry University, De Montfort University, the University of Warwick, and the University of West London to deliver a range of foundation degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Specialist provision for the automotive sector is available through the MIRA Technology Institute.