AECC Students Praise Learning Resources and Community in National Student Survey
Every university in the UK takes part in the NSS, as do many colleges. The NSS gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses which helps to inform prospective students’ choices; provide data that supports universities and colleges to improve the student experience; and support public accountability.
This year’s Survey found that students studying at AECC University College felt that staff were good at explaining things (91.3%) and felt their courses were ‘intellectually stimulating’ (89.26%). They agreed that their course challenged them to achieve their best work (86.96%) and provided them with opportunities to use what they had learned (86.96%).
The Survey also demonstrated that students were particularly pleased with the learning resources that were available to them. They agreed that the library resources (books, online services and learning spaces) had supported their learning well (95.59%) and also felt that course-specific resources (equipment, facilities, software and collections) were available when they needed them (89.96%).
Students taking part in the Survey praised the Students’ Union, scoring it almost 20 percentage points higher than the national average.
This achievement for the Students’ Union follows the recent good news that AECC University College was shortlisted for the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, otherwise known as the WUSCAs, within the category of Student Support.
Vice-Chancellor of AECC University College, Professor Lesley Haig, commented: “Reviewing the results of the survey, it is fantastic that so many of our students feel a great sense of community and that they a have strong student voice.
“We think of ourselves as a community of learners, so it’s brilliant that our students recognise that they belong to a stimulating learning community that challenges them to reach their potential. It is lovely to hear that students feel that staff are approachable and explain their subjects well.
“We do recognise that there are areas in the Survey that need addressing and we welcome the opportunity to work at these until students feel we have them exactly right.
“I would also like to congratulate the Students’ Union on the great result they have achieved in the Survey, which is testament to their hard work in supporting their fellow students.”
You can take a look at the full NSS report on the Office for Students website here.