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DMU outperforms national average in "vital" student survey

Students have scored De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) higher than average in almost every area of a national survey.

The results of this year's National Student Survey (NSS) have been published today, and 85% of DMU students who took part said they were satisfied with their choice of university, which was higher than the benchmark set for the university by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), based on its mix of students and subjects.

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The university was also in the top 50 universities nationally for its performance against its benchmark, and scored higher than the national average in almost all of the survey’s main areas.

The survey is the biggest of its kind and asks students across the country how they feel about a wide range of aspects of their university studies.

Among other things, questions look at teaching, opportunities to explore learning, assessment and feedback, the academic support on offer and the extent to which students feel they are listened to by university staff.

This year, DMU scored higher than the national average in almost every area, with significant scores in the learning resources it has, the learning community it fosters and the way it listens to students.

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In the past few years DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus into one of the finest in the country and has established award-winning experience programmes for students, including #DMUglobal, which gives all students the option of an international experience to enrich their classroom studies.

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And earlier this year, DMU was awarded Gold in the first-ever Government backed university ranking scheme – the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The TEF panel judged that DMU delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK".

Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for DMU, said: “The NSS is a vital survey because it lets us know, really comprehensively, what students think of their experience at DMU, what we’re doing well and how we can improve.

“What these results tell us is that in a fiercely competitive sector, DMU continues to satisfy its students and the fact that we are outperforming the sector average in so many areas is very rewarding feedback.

“We take all feedback very seriously and we will continue to work to improve the experience each student receives at DMU.”

Posted on Wednesday 9th August 2017

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