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The vast majority of this yr’s UK college students had been glad with the standard of their programs, a survey suggests.

The Nationwide Pupil Survey (NSS) discovered 84% of the 304,000 final-year college students at 530 establishments who took half had been content material with their diploma programs.

The ballot is revealed by the Larger Training Funding Council for England.

However the outcomes comply with an analogous survey which discovered ranges of satisfaction with “worth for cash” at college have been falling over the previous 5 years.

The Pupil Educational Expertise Survey, revealed by the Larger Training Coverage Institute and the Larger Training Academy in June, discovered simply 35% of scholars throughout the UK thought college was “good” or “excellent” worth, in contrast with 53% 5 years in the past.

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Nonetheless, the NSS discovered pupil satisfaction with instructing was excessive, with 85% of UK college students agreed that instructing employees had been good at explaining issues and made their topics attention-grabbing and that they had been intellectually stimulated and challenged.

It additionally discovered 84% of scholars agreed that they had been supplied with studying alternatives equivalent to exploring concepts in depth and making use of what that they had learnt.

Some 77% agreed that they felt a part of a studying group and had the fitting alternatives to work with different college students.

Whereas evaluation and suggestions had been thought of to be good by 73% of final-year college students.

The NSS survey comes as Universities Minister Jo Johnson has highlighted rising issues about college students not getting worth for cash.

Mr Johnson has mentioned the newly established Office for Students will see college students given formal contracts with universities, to allow them to problem them about too few instructing hours or if services are insufficient.

Commenting on the NSS, he mentioned: “Whereas general pupil satisfaction stays excessive, we all know there’s important variation in instructing high quality and outcomes each inside and between suppliers.

“There may be extra to do to make sure that college students and taxpayers investing closely in our larger schooling system safe worth for cash from it.”

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Prof Madeleine Atkins, chief govt of Hefce, mentioned the survey had been enhanced this yr by new questions on pupil engagement and approaches to instructing and studying.

“The NSS continues to be the most important and most authoritative survey of its form within the UK,” she mentioned.

“The 2017 outcomes present that college students present notably constructive suggestions on the standard of instructing and on studying alternatives.

“Establishments may also, nonetheless, be contemplating rigorously how they’ll proceed to enhance evaluation and suggestions, and their broader engagement with college students.”

Nick Hillman, director of Hepi, mentioned the NSS wanted to be set alongside different findings from a lot broader surveys, which present college students complaining of declining worth for cash.

“I’m notably struck by the decrease figures within the NSS for evaluation and suggestions, which proceed to be a problem however are important to full pupil engagement.

“Furthermore, given the current issues within the pupil motion, it’s clear that pupil unions want to enhance and do extra to articulate the coed voice for all college students.”