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NUA placed top of specialist arts, design and media universities in national survey

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has again been voted as the best specialist arts, design and media university in the UK in a national survey of students published today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The University, which also topped the Ipsos MORI poll in 2013, received an 89% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey (NSS), 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.

NSS 2014 ranking of specialist arts universities and colleges

Position nationally Institution 2014 satisfaction score 2013 satisfaction score
#38 Norwich University of the Arts 89% 88%
#69 Arts University Bournemouth 86% 87%
#131 Falmouth University 82% 79%
#136 Plymouth College of Art 81% 79%
#141 Leeds College of Art 81% 85%
#152 Glasgow School of Art 78% 80%
#154 University for the Creative Arts 77% 73%
#157 University of the Arts London 71% 74%
#158 Ravensbourne 68% 64%

Of the 22 areas surveyed, NUA scored the highest or joint highest satisfaction percentage in 15, leading the way ahead of other specialist Higher Education Institutions in categories such as teaching, assessment & feedback, academic support and organisation & management.

Professor John Last, NUA Vice-Chancellor, says: “We are delighted that NUA has maintained its position as the best specialist arts, design and media university in the country in the NSS, as this survey result is based on the very real experiences of the students themselves.

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– NUA’s renovated East Garth Photography building

“The University has invested significantly in its campus and infrastructure in recent years, with new resources and facilities for graphic design, fashion, animation, games art and photography. Our commitment to continuously improving the student experience will see further investment – in September 2015 we open our fantastic redevelopment of the newly acquired Boardman House building, which will house industry-standard studios for architecture and film production, as well as our new digital innovation centre to encourage and support graduate businesses.

Around 321,000 final-year students responded to this year’s survey, which is used by universities to drive improvements in curriculum, teaching and learning quality, learning resources and academic support. The results also provide valuable information for prospective students.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said: “The NSS is the largest survey of its kind in the UK. Over the last 10 years it has helped over 2 million students to make their voices heard about the things that matter to them, and has been fundamental to driving change in our universities and colleges.

“In a period of technological advance, internationalisation and funding reforms, the NSS will continue to enable students’ views to be heard and to stimulate innovation and excellence in teaching and learning in our universities and colleges.”

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