Scottish universities receive strong report card from students

This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown that students studying at Scottish universities are more satisfied with the quality of their course compared with last year.

Overall satisfaction with courses in Scotland has improved by one per cent since 2018 and now stands at 84 per cent. The figure matches the UK average but is higher than England’s 83 per cent, which is the same as last year.

Compared with last year, Scotland’s performance on each of the metrics either improved or remained the same whilst its score of 85 per cent for quality of teaching was better than the UK average. Scottish universities also performed well in the learning opportunities and learning resources categories, at 82 per cent and 86 per cent respectively.

Commenting on the results, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said:

“We’re really pleased with these results as quality of education is core to what we do. It’s a tribute to the dedication of staff working in our institutions to ensuring our students have the best possible experience at university.

“Students quite rightly have high expectations and in Scotland, we’re focused on enhancement and engaging with the student community to ensure we keep on raising the bar. There’s always room for improvement so we’ll want to understand how we can better this result next year.

“Of course, the results are even more impressive given the fact universities are experiencing real-terms reductions in their funding from the Scottish Government. It’s a testament to the emphasis universities are placing on student experience that overall satisfaction is up at time when their budgets are reducing.”