Sheffield Hallam Tops Student Satisfaction Survey

14th May 2015

Sheffield Hallam University has once again come out on top of a national student satisfaction survey, proving the place to be for post graduate research, earning while you study, and quality learning spaces.

Sheffield Hallam came first out of 24 universities in seven categories in the latest Student Barometer survey, with a huge 93.2% of respondents satisfied or very satisfied with all aspects of their university experience. It took top spot for opportunities for students to work and earn alongside studies and for the quality of the learning spaces available. The University also came top in the survey for the level of post graduate research activity and scored the highest satisfaction levels for how confident students felt about managing their own research project. The Student Barometer results come after Sheffield Hallam was hailed for its research credentials in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 65 per cent of its research receiving the prestigious 4* and 3* world-leading and internationally excellent rating. Sheffield Hallam came second in the survey for the design and quality of its campus buildings. There has been significant recent investment in the University's estate, including the development of the £30m Charles Street Building, the much anticipated re-development of the Old Post Office and the £27 million Heart of the Campus - which was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire Award last week. It also came second in the survey for students satisfied that the learning they undertake during their studies will help them to get a good job when they graduate. Paul Harrison, pro-vice chancellor for research said: "Following on from the REF results earlier this year, it's fantastic that the University has again been recognised for the quality of its research. This recognition from the students themselves is particularly welcomed: it shows that we are able to combine our culture of industrially-relevant, applied research with an excellent training and development programme for our postgraduate researchers." The Student Barometer survey is administered by the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate), and tracks the opinions of students at higher education institutions at 24 of the UK's universities. Results are from the latest survey which tracked opinions in autumn 2014.

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