Leading local college rates highly for university level student satisfaction

University level students at a leading local College have given it the highest satisfaction rating in Devon and Cornwall following a student survey commissioned by the Office for Students.

A member of staff happily helping a student look at career options

Students at Truro and Penwith College gave its overall University provision a satisfaction rating of 91%, higher than all other Universities and Colleges in Devon and Cornwall, and 8% higher than the national average.

Aimed at mainly final-year undergraduates, the National Student Survey (NSS) gathers opinions from students about their time in higher education, asking them to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study on their course at their institution.

The NSS asks 27 questions, relating to eight aspects of the student experience. In 2018, 70 per cent of eligible students from 413 universities and colleges across the UK completed the survey, giving a great look at higher education provision nation-wide.

Among the highly rated subject areas at Truro and Penwith College were Computing and Law, both of which were given 100% for overall satisfaction. 100% of students were also satisfied with Computing for all four teaching questions and all three questions about academic support, with an impressive 18 out of 27 questions seeing 100% overall.

Other subjects that were rated well by students included Archaeology, which saw 100% of students finding the course interesting and intellectually stimulating, and Psychology, which saw an average of 94% satisfaction across the questions.

A delighted David Walrond, Principal at Truro and Penwith College, said: “To be the highest ranked provider of higher education in terms of student satisfaction for all of Cornwall and Devon is a great reflection on the quality of degree level provision at Truro and Penwith College.

“It’s being accepted by more and more students that the quality of teaching and personal support, the accessibility and responsiveness of staff are what matter most to undergraduates. Colleges have always understood who they work for - the students- and this seems to be the view of students themselves in these National Student Survey outcomes.

“I am delighted to see that students rate Truro and Penwith College so highly within both a local and a national context.” 

These results come just weeks after the College saw its University level students receive their results, which saw more than three quarters of Bachelor’s Degree students who completed their courses awarded either a First Class Honours or 2:1 for their final year of study.

It’s not too late to apply for University Courses starting in September 2018, for more information about support available or how to apply please visit the website, WWW.TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK/UNI or call 01872 267061.