De Montfort University (DMU) has been named as one of the top 40 universities in the country for student satisfaction.
DMU went up 16 places from 55 to 39 in the Times Higher Education magazine’s 2014 Student Experience Survey.
The annual study, the higher education sector’s benchmark of students’ views, was published just a week after DMU leapt 10 places up the table in the UK’s Complete University Guide.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard said: “Student experience is at the heart of everything we do at DMU and it is rewarding to read that our students have rated us so highly. All our staff are committed to ensuring that students have the best possible experience while studying with us, whether that is benefiting from a stimulating scholarly environment or enriching their lives and those of others through volunteering.
“In addition, with our £136 million campus transformation now under way, #DMUglobal offering international opportunities and our innovative programmes to help graduates find jobs, we are continuing our relentless focus on improving quality across the board at DMU.”
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Students were asked to rate their university in 21 areas including social life, community atmosphere, accommodation, security and tuition.
The top scores for DMU were for its centralised facilities and campus, as well as the quality of the library and its opening hours.
DMU is one of just a handful of city centre campuses in the country. All DMU student accommodation is a five-minute walk away and the city centre is on the doorstep too.
The Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day to students throughout the exam period and there is a Law Library in Hugh Aston. There are also dedicated study spaces in Eric Wood building and The Greenhouse.
Students also praised high-quality staff, well-structured courses and the university’s close industry links which offer the chance of placements with global companies such as IBM, John Lewis and Disney.
Sports facilities were also highly rated. DMU’s £8 million QEII Leisure Centre provides students, staff and members of the public with state-of-the-start facilities.
Other high-scoring areas included ratings for the quality of the student union, good personal relationships with teaching staff and whether students would recommend the university to friends.
More than 14,000 undergraduates took part in the survey conducted by YouthSight and their views were gathered between October 2012 and June 2013.
Posted on Thursday 15th May 2014