Student satisfaction remains high at Glasgow

Published: 13 August 2013

Students at the University of Glasgow continue to remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their learning experience.

Students at the University of Glasgow continue to remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their learning experience.

The latest National Students Survey shows 89% of students are satisfied at Glasgow – the same figure as last year – and above the UK average of 86%. The response rate from Glasgow was 72%.

The rating puts Glasgow at number three in Scotland and joint eighth in The Russell Group for student satisfaction.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “It is pleasing to see that students continue to remain highly satisfied with the experience they receive at Glasgow.

“We are welcoming an increasing number of students to our University and our staff are working hard to ensure the quality of education and learning experience remains high. We will continue to strive to improve even further by listening to the feedback we receive through this survey.

“A lot of investment has gone into enhancing our teaching and research facilities in the last few years, as well as developing and improving student spaces for study, leisure and accommodation.

“We will continue to invest in our students and in our staff to ensure the University of Glasgow continues to offer an exciting and rewarding education experience for our students.”

 Some notable results from the survey include:

• 93% of students say staff are good at explaining things,
• 93% say their course is intellectually stimulating,
• 92% are happy with the resources and services offered by the library,
• 91% say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching
• 89% believe they have the contact with staff they require,

The University has invested millions of pounds in improving student facilities and resources around its campuses in recent years.

The library has received £12m of investment, with new cladding improving the structure of the building, a new café and new digital resources.

Sports facilities have also benefited, with a £13.4m extension to the Stevenson Building currently underway and £700,000 spent on improving the sports provision at Garscube and Gilmorehill.
As part of the Stevenson Building extension new leisure facilities, including a nightclub to replace The Hive, will be provided.

A rolling replacement of IT equipment ensures students have access to the latest computing technology, with expanding and improving WiFi coverage throughout the University’s campuses.

The National Students Survey is a large-scale survey covering all publicly-funded universities in the UK. It offers final-year undergraduate students the opportunity to rate their academic experience and is conducted by the independent market research agency, Ipsos MORI.

The full results can be found on the website of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email

Notes to Editors
More details of the developments taking place to further enhance the student experience can be found here:

HEFCE link:

First published: 13 August 2013

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