Editorial

The university has fallen to 116th out of 160 institutions while The Union sees a small but significant rise of 1%, bucking the trend of universities and unions falling together.

Results of the National Student Survey (NSS) released yesterday show that Brunel University London has once again fallen in student satisfaction by 2% on the previous year.

Despite small increases in the categories of Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Learning Resources, the overall satisfaction at Brunel fell to 83% - three points below the sector average.

In 2014 Brunel had an impressive score of 87%, making it one of the highest in London, this fell to 85% back in 2015 and it appears the trend has continued for another year.

The Times Higher Education analysis now lists Brunel as joint 116th out of the 160 institutions in included in the survey. The University of Buckingham and the University of Law top of the table, both achieving 97% satisfaction.

Data obtained by Le Nurb shows that Social Work course scored by far the lowest in satisfaction with just 17%, whilst at the other end of the scale, Physiotherapy and ECE both achieved and impressive 98% satisfaction.

A spokesman for the university responded: “We are pleased that within the survey’s seven themes, students scored us higher in four areas, the same in two areas and lower in only one area. It’s disappointing therefore that they gave the university a slightly lower score for overall student satisfaction despite these significant improvements, and this is something we will be working hard to understand.

“It is crucial now that we continue the good work which has already led to improved scores in many departments, talking to students and addressing particular areas which need to be brought up to equally high levels of satisfaction. Professor William Leahy, in his new role as VC Ambassador for Teaching and Student Experience, will be a vital part of this effort, focusing first on the four departments in which scores are lowest.”

After a decline in last year’s satisfaction score following the previous officer team, The Union of Brunel students saw a 1% increase in satisfaction to 74%.

Students’ Union President Ali Milani said:

“We were very pleased to see an increase in Union satisfaction in a year when the University has fallen, this is incredibly rare and testament to the hard work everyone has been putting in this year.

"Over the coming weeks we will be delving through the numbers and comments to shape our work for the year. We will off course also be here to support the University to better their score and reach a common aspiration.”

With the incoming Teaching Excellence Framework, which uses the NSS as a metric for assessing a University’s standards, thereby allowing for potential increased tuition fees, yet to be fully explained, it is unclear what these results may mean for Brunel.

UPDATE: Updated at 4:30pm 11th August 2016 - university spokesperson responded with quote included above