WUC tops student survey for teaching in East of England

July 2022

Image for press release - Two Writtle University College students studying in the library
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College (WUC) is the top university provider in the East of England for student satisfaction with teaching, and in the top 12 of all providers in England for overall student satisfaction, based on 2022's National Student Survey taught data.

The NSS is an annual, anonymous survey that encourages final year university students to voice an opinion of their course. Their honest feedback is used to shape the future for fellow students and make real changes to the student experience.

This year, WUC's outstanding results exceeded benchmarks across the board including teaching on course, learning opportunities and academic support for students.

An impressive 84% of students surveyed agreed with the statement "Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course" - 8 percentage points higher than the score for England overall.

WUC also received excellent country-wide results, coming in at an impressive eleventh out of 114 participating universities throughout the country.

It was no surprise that WUC, which has been teaching land-based courses for nearly 130 years, had the most satisfied agriculture degree students for learning opportunities, topping the taught subject table at an outstanding 95% - 13% higher than the next nearest competitor.

Many students pick WUC for its pioneering work in the area of food production, that includes the UK's first available degree in regenerative agriculture and a countryside campus with a working farm.

The areas of biological and sport sciences are also booming, with over 90 percent of degree students agreeing that staff make the subject interesting. Facilities have continued to expand over the last year, with the opening of dedicated basketball courts and a new Centre of Sport and Health.

Veterinary science-related courses, which include WUC's Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy and BSc Animal Therapy, are celebrating too. The subjects were first, or joint first, for teaching on course, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community and student voice in taught subject tables.

According to NSS taught data, students studying WUC's animal-related courses, which include animal science, animal management and canine and equine degrees, are also joint top for overall satisfaction in this subject area, with an outstanding 89.0%.

WUC has become known for its wide range of animal-related facilities including a welfare-led animal unit that cares for creatures ranging from alpacas to marmosets, emus and wallabies.

Professor Tim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, said: "We're delighted to see our dedication to the student experience reflected by our NSS results. As a small, specialist instruction, we aim to offer every student the support they need to develop both personally and academically."

It's not too late to apply for degree courses at Writtle University College, starting in September 2022. Contact the University College's clearing advisers on 01245 424280 or go to writtle.ac.uk/clearing to decide which specialist degree would be best for you.