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National Student Survey 2020

Outstanding student satisfaction confirmed in National Student Survey 2020

  • Date24 July 2020

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 results confirm once again the outstanding level of satisfaction with teaching and overall experience among students in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Gegraphy NSS 2020

We are delighted to see high scores across our undergraduate degree portfolio, including 96% overall satisfaction for BSc Geography and 97% for BA Geography, as well as some of the highest scores attainable in several areas, including:

100% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things

!00% of students find their course intellectually stimulating

98% of students are able to contact staff when they need to

We are proud to maintain our remarkable record of positive student assessment year on year since the NSS evaluation process began in 2007, retaining our place among the top departments nationally.

Head of Geography, Professor Philip Crang, commented: “I know first-hand that Royal Holloway’s Department of Geography is a wonderful place in which to teach. I am delighted our students find it a great place to study too! It’s especially pleasing to see that they feel in equal measure intellectually stretched and supported. As a Department, we look to combine great teaching and learning with world-leading research, within a friendly and supportive intellectual community. These NSS results are testament to that special combination.”

In the 2020 Guardian subject league tables the department was ranked 1st in the UK for ‘satisfied with teaching’ and 3rd in the UK for ‘satisfied with course’.* Notably, the Department of Geography pairs outstanding student satisfaction with research excellence, having also been ranked 2nd in the UK’s most recent national ‘research excellence framework’.**

The NSS is an annual, independent survey of final year students carried out by the Office for Students on behalf of the UK higher education funding and regulatory bodies. The results were published on 15 July 2020, and they reflect the responses to survey questions covering teaching on the course, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community, student voice and students' union.

* The Guardian University Guide 2020

** Times Higher Education (THE), REF Subject Ranking on GPA, 2014

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