People: students

A world-class experience for tomorrow’s world changers

Students are the lifeblood of our University: they are our partners in learning, our future colleagues and our ambassadors worldwide. We need to offer our students more than a degree if we are to continue to attract the best: an end-to-end excellent experience for all.

Distinctive learning

Our unique programmes and renowned Scottish educational tradition set us apart on the global stage. We will:

  • Regularly review our course portfolio and align our high-quality provision with the needs and demands of current and prospective students.
  • Ensure that all students benefit from a learning experience that is embedded within and enriched by our research culture.
  • Develop our students’ graduate attributes and build employability into all programmes of study through work-related learning, enterprise and placement opportunities.

Unrivalled experience

Our students expect and deserve a first-class higher education experience. We will:

  • Invest in our student learning, development and support services.
  • Expand the provision of social and recreational space across campus.
  • Grow the student population modestly and optimise the balance of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students.

Engaged communities

We value our students as partners in their learning and development. We will:

  • Work closely with the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) to communicate openly and transparently with our students.
  • Involve students thoroughly in programme design, enhancement and evaluation.
  • Ensure proper support and recognition for student-led extracurricular activities through the SRC and other student bodies.
  • Undergraduate satisfaction: 91%

We will achieve at least 91% overall satisfaction in the undergraduate National Student Survey.

  • Assessment and feedback: 75%

We will improve our procedures for student assessment and feedback to achieve an average of 75% in questions 5-9 of the National Student Survey .

  • Undergraduate entry tariff: 470

We will target the best and ensure the average tariff of our students on entry exceeds 470.

  • PGT population: 4,500

We will steadily grow our overall taught postgraduate population to 4,500 FTE by 2020.

  • PGR population: 1.9

We will grow our research postgraduate population to achieve a PGR to academic ratio of 1.9 by 2020.

  • Job prospects: 94%

At least 94% of our students will be in employment or further study six months after graduation.