Posted Friday 14 August 2015
Kingston University's sports science and nutrition degrees have taken top spots on the podium in the latest National Student Survey, with third year undergraduates the most satisfied in England and Wales. Both subjects carried off the highest honours in their respective fields, with 100 per cent student satisfaction ratings in the annual survey. That score was matched by a trio of other high performers - computer science (games programming), geography and mechanical engineering - which also received a maximum 100 per cent satisfaction rating.
Acting Dean Dr Lucy Jones said the results were a ringing endorsement of the quality of the courses based in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. "Our students have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and top quality teaching," Dr Jones said. "One of the highlights for our nutrition and sports science students is the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment in our high specification body composition suite. Our computer gaming students, meanwhile, enjoy the opportunity to create commercially-viable games in the University's games laboratory, regularly working with illustrators, developers and experts from the field. Elsewhere, our geographers are given the chance to broaden their horizons through a programme of international field trips, exploring regions of such far flung countries as South Africa and Malta."
The survey, which asks final year undergraduates for their views about the quality of their courses, also brought further good news for the University. Its overall satisfaction rate increased to 82 per cent - up 4 per cent on last year.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds said the University's overall satisfaction rate compared very favourably with other higher education providers in London. "Rising to 82 per cent in the survey has put us ahead of many other institutions in the capital," she said. "This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring all Kingston University students get the most out of their degrees and graduate as confident and capable individuals ready to take their first steps on the career ladder."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said this year's National Student Survey results reflected the hard work and dedication of the University's staff. "At Kingston University we are determined to provide the best possible education for our students and will continue to work tirelessly to put them at the heart of everything we do. We will now work hard to do even better next year."