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80% of UCL students are satisfied with the quality of their course

27 July 2018

Four out of five UCL students are satisfied with the quality of their course, according to the National Student Survey 2018, published by the Office for Students today.

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But Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), acknowledges there is more work to do to improve student satisfaction at UCL. He said: “We acknowledge that we have more to do and we are working hard to improve our students’ experience by enhancing our teaching, transforming our central London campus and developing a brand new dedicated student centre in Bloomsbury and our new UCL East campus in Stratford.

“As one of the world's leading universities, our aim is to give all our students the opportunity to carry out intellectually-stretching research and interact with world-class academic staff. As a result, over 93 per cent of UCL students graduate with a high level degree (1st or 2:1).

“Our students also benefit from all the fantastic opportunities that are on offer in London – including volunteering, work experience, networking and employment – and our graduate employability ranks highly in the UK and globally. We also work closely in partnership with our student community, including more than 1,000 students on our consultation panel, to shape the future of education at UCL.”

Current developments in UCL education:

  • The Connected Curriculum, UCL’s framework for research-based education, continues to build a learning culture that develops students’ critical thinking and readiness for the next step in their careers.
  • Three books about the principles and practice of the Connected Curriculum were published by the UCL Arena Centre through UCL Press and were downloaded 23,000 times from more than 150 countries.
  • UCL was a finalist in the inaugural Global Teaching Excellence Awards, while the Integrated Engineering Programme was recognised as an emerging leader in an MIT review of engineering education around the world.
  • UCL is working in partnership with our students to shape their education, with more than 1,600 student academic representatives. As a measure of how engaged they are, we received more than a thousand nominations from students for the Student Choice Awards, which recognise our excellent teachers.
  • UCL is in the middle of an estates transformation programme to meet the demand for space at our central London campus, with a 20 per cent increase in centrally bookable teaching space provision (2,788 additional teaching seats) being delivered this year. Our New Student Centre opens in Spring 2019, adding 1,000 new study spaces to the current total of 4,400 and UCL has secured £100 million from the Government towards the capital cost of building our new Stratford campus, UCL East.

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