The figures also show that Kent ranks 26th out of a total of 128 higher education institutions nationwide, with ten departments in the top 20 for overall student satisfaction and four ranked as being the best.
Of these, the Department of Biosciences ranks first out of all 58 biology and related science departments with full-time students; Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS) has placed first out of 38 similar institutions with part-time students; and the Department of Electronics has ranked first among 26 electronic and electrical engineering departments nationwide.
Responding to the news, Professor Peter Jeffries, Head of the Department of Biosciences said, ‘In Biosciences we pride ourselves in the personal attention we give to all our students. We are very pleased to get this confirmation that our students appreciate our efforts and enjoy the Bioscience experience at Kent. It follows on from the top marks we received in the last Teaching Quality Assessment, and reinforces our belief that our teamwork in the Department translates into the best courses in the country.’
Other successes include Business and Economics featuring within the top five for those subjects with full-time students.
Art and Design students from the University’s Regional Colleges Partnership have also topped the survey as the Art and Design students most satisfied with their course. The partnership colleges providing Art and Design programmes are South Kent College and Canterbury College.
The NSS results have been welcomed by Professor David Melville, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, who said: ‘This is excellent news. We are pleased to see that the feedback from this survey is so overwhelmingly positive. We already encourage our students to let us know what they think of every aspect of university life. The results of this survey confirm what they have been saying in our own surveys and we are currently looking at new ways to further improve the quality of the student experience. The results are a real tribute to the hard work of staff here at Kent.’