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NUA hailed for excellence, innovation and welcoming early experience

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has received two accolades in one day, as the University was ranked by a survey of new students as providing the seventh best student experience in the UK and also shortlisted for a prestigious education sector award for excellence and innovation in the arts.

NUA has been named as providing one of the top 10 ‘excellent’ early experiences for undergraduate students in the UK by the YouthSight Higher Expectations study, which surveyed over 10,000 new students across the country and noted that most students cited the quality of teaching and their course as the most important factors. Universities that rated highly had “good communications”, were “supportive”, “responded quickly to queries”, “had lots of things organised for new students” and had “friendly staff”. NUA is the top ranked specialist arts university in the study.

Also, for the second year running, NUA has been included on a shortlist of six institutions in the running for the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, which recognises the pioneering work that is taking place in universities to promote the arts. The NUA nomination is in response to its outward facing approach to promoting arts, design and media within the business community through its bespoke commercial agency ideasfactory@NUA.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor at NUA, says: “As the University prepares to mark its 170th anniversary, it is incredibly gratifying that our continued efforts to deliver a first class student experience are being recognised by both students and the higher education sector. Providing a welcoming and supportive environment in which to study is a primary consideration for all course staff and this contributes to the incredible student retention rate at NUA. Students who start here because of our course quality, resources and reputation quickly discover they are joining an inspiring and dynamic creative community.”

NUA was also recently voted as the best specialist arts, design and media university in the UK by the National Student Survey 2014, placing it ahead of other higher education institutions such as Glasgow School of Art, University of the Arts London and the University for the Creative Arts. NUA has received a record number of applications for places on its undergraduate degree courses this year with 16% more applications over 2013, four times the national average.

NSS 2014 ranking of specialist arts universities and colleges

Position Institution 2014 satisfaction score 2013 satisfaction score
(38/158 nationally)
Norwich University of the Arts 89% 88%
Arts University Bournemouth 86% 87%
Falmouth University 82% 79%
Plymouth College of Art 81% 79%
Leeds College of Art 81% 85%
Glasgow School of Art 78% 80%
University for the Creative Arts 77% 73%
University of the Arts London 71% 74%
Ravensbourne 68% 64%

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