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ULaw tops National Student Survey seeing off Oxbridge and Russell Group competition

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Joint winner with University of Buckingham

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The University of Law (ULaw) has come out on top in the National Student Survey (NSS), fending off competition from Oxbridge and all the Russell Group unis.

Every year, courtesy of the NSS, we get to find out which university has the happiest students. About 312,000 students responded to the survey’s 2016 edition — a nationwide response rate of 72% — with 86% agreeing they were generally satisfied with their course.

But this percentage was much higher over at ULaw.

Of the 79 ULaw LLB-ers who took the survey, 97% “definitely or mostly agreed” they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. This result puts them firmly at the top of the list, joint with the University of Buckingham.

Professor Andrea Nollent, vice-chancellor and chief academic officer at the table-topping uni has described this as a “wonderful result”. She added:

We know that students respond extremely positively to the law being taught in a practical, applied and highly dynamic way. Having extremely motivated and hugely enthusiastic staff who have all practiced law adds a depth of understanding and excitement to the learning process, which our students clearly enjoy and appreciate.

ULaw will also be happy to report that their institution-specific response rate is 84%, 12% higher than the national average.

Over at BPP University, 75% of the students surveyed said they were satisfied with their course.

This puts them in 155th place on the list of 160 — on a par with the London School of Economics, and just above the Glasgow School of Art, University of the Arts London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Ravensbourne. It should be borne in mind that the NSS is not a law student-specific survey, and BPP University offers undergraduate courses in, for example, accounting and finance, psychology and banking as well.

As for the other big name universities, it wasn’t a great day for Oxbridge and the Russell Group.

Exeter came in 11th, Oxford and Cambridge joint 20th, Durham 35th — joint with the likes of Nottingham, Loughborough and the Open University — Cardiff 60th and Bristol 76th. Leading universities like University College London, King’s College London and Edinburgh all failed to reach the top 100.

33 Comments

TheLastWazzock

What is the point of the NSS?

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Anonymous

What is the point of you?

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Anonymous

Great so they are happy, now compare employment rates.

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Anonymous

Hmm, yes – 97% for ULaw compared to ?? at BPP…

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Anonymous

Survey numbers at ULAW hardly make for a representative sample.

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Anonymous

seriously? they should make intro to statistics compulsory for lawyers or we’d have a whole generation of ignorant degenerates. Read up on the NSS – if the sample size isn’t big enough to be representative, there will be no result published

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Pinkletock

Having studied with them, no surprise about BPP. Waste of money. How I work at MC now, I never know.

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Anonymous

You work in the MC becuase the standards for the post of junior pool cleaner at CC are notoriously low.

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Anonymous

“A partner at a MC firm studied at ULaw”

Said no-one ever

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Anonymous

Maybe because the LLB has only been running there for 3 years…

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Anonymous

are you insane? check out the profiles of all senior and managing partners at MC – virtually ALL are college of law alumni

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Trainee

If you look at the internal surveys you will see a different result. All of my peers gave them the lowest rating possible and I believe this is common across the university. The teachers constantly apologised to us for all the balls ups. It’s not their fault, it’s the admin staff, management, and the people who write the course.

To pick one issue among many, on what other 15k course (LPC) would you receive 0 feedback on YOUR actual work all year?

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CriminalPupil

The BPTC.

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Anonymous

I prefer having a TC to being 11% more “satisfied”.

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Anonymous

well, have you ever bothered looking at the (publicly available) stats? ULaw had a 1,000 more TC than BPP last year AND higher satisfaction score, so one could have it all (unless, of course, it is only BPP who would accept you with 3 D’s…)

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Anonymous

1000 more TC’s? Hahahha.

Yeah right.

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Anonymous

Here’s a real figure, as opposed to the obviously bullshit 1000 extra.

BPP is the exclusive LPC provider for over 60 City law firms, while rival ULaw is endorsed by only around 30.

Enough said…

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Anonymous

There are more sponsored trainees at ULaw than any other provider. Fact.
There are a 1000 more TC every year secured by ULaw gradautes. Fact.
ULaw works with 100 firms, BPP 60. Fact.

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Osama Bin Bag

Everyone needs to relax and have some ice cream

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Anonymous

I did the gdl and lpc at ulaw (I’m now a trainee) and I thought the courses were administered fairly well.

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Anonymous

Hello ULaw marketing department

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Anonymous

Clever comment, but I’m definitely who I say I am (a trainee solicitor, and not anyone who works for the college of law). To prove my point, I doubt a marketer would call you retard, you retard.

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Anonymous

I would question your analytical abilities if you think ULaw (or BPP for that matter) are administered “well”.

Unless of course by “well” you mean it’s like they’re run by handicapped chimpanzees.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

This thread was very entertaining to follow, but it is worth pointing out that there are lots of equally hilarious words we can all use instead of ‘retard’ and ‘spaz’ which can be hurtful to those with mental or physical disabilities. Moron, penarse, buffoon, clown, and knobhead are great alternatives!

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Anonymous

Spaz.

LSE Student

LSE deserves its low rankings wholeheartedly.

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lol

I spent a year at BPP and I can safely say it was horrendous.

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Anonymous

I completed my BPTC at Ulaw. Good tutors, but absolutely horrendous administration. But the BPTC is a pretty broken qualification anyway.

The degree and GDL students looked chirpy.

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Anonymous

Absolutely no idea how ULaw have achieved this. I’ve just finished studying my LL.B there (3 year course) and hated every minute.

Some of the tutors were fantastic, but I have no idea where they found some of the others! Some tutors lacked the ability to teach at LL.B level and always seemed frustrated at our lack of understanding and, as such, seemingly gave up on us. There is a major lack of support; the first point of contact for students was apparently the LL.B course leader. However, she was never around, never answered her emails and seemed reluctant to help when approached for assistance. Absolutely no guidance when completing the ‘dissertation;’ it was all very much guess work and only the brightest, most intuitive were to succeed.

If the above weren’t bad enough, the experience was made worse by the severe lack of social life and social cohesion. There is no community feel at ULaw; it is very much ‘us and them’ when it comes to different courses and everyone seemed out for themselves only (rightfully so, given the lack of support).

Would not recommend.

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Anonymous

I did my GDL and LPC at Ulaw. I did enjoy the GDL. It all seemed to be well run, the course was interesting, and I had a friendly class. The LPC on the other hand was a thoroughly depressing course, badly managed, and with no feedback. I wonder therefore which students exactly the NSS questioned.

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Anonymous

The NSS is for final year undergraduates, so neither the GDL nor LPC students will be included.

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Anonymous

My daddy has a better car than your daddy!

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