Posted on 09/09/2010
The 2010 National Student Survey Results rank the Department in the Top Quartile for Student Satisfaction and Other Categories
In the recently published 2010 National Student Survey (NSS) results, the Department of Politics and International Relations came in the top quartile of politics and international relations departments in the UK in student satisfaction.
The survey, which gives final year students the opportunity to provide feedback on their student experience, comprises 22 questions organized into seven categories: teaching; assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management; learning resources; personal development; and overall satisfaction. The last category contains only one question.
PIR's 90% score on the final question, 'Overall I am satisfied with the quality of the course', places it in the top quartile of all politics and international relations department in the UK. The Department also reached the top quartile on questions related to the course being 'intellectually stimulating' (96%) and helping students present themselves with confidence (84%). But the Department also achieved impressive scores in several other areas.
The Department was formed only in 2004 and has progressed through a series of rapid changes. It almost doubled in academic staff size from 2006 to 2009, while also rapidly increasing its student numbers. In the last several years it has launched undergraduate joint honours programmes with Economics, Geography, History, and Philosophy, and also created a series of new Masters streams. It has established four research units, and entered the College's first ever submission to the Politics and International Studies panel in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Although we are still a developing department, we feel these strong NSS scores testify to our success in managing these changes positively and productively to create a research-active department that is also student-friendly and an excellent place for undergraduate study.