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

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By Katie King on

Joint winner with University of Buckingham


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.