Students rate NCH better than Russell Group universities

NCH London | July 30, 2018

According to the National Student Survey (NSS 2018), published on Friday 27th July 2018, students rate New College of the Humanities (the College) better than Russell Group universities. New College of the Humanities achieved student satisfaction scores higher than every member of the prestigious Russell Group in eight of nine categories, and in 18 out of 27 questions.

Overall 93% of the College’s students stated that they were satisfied with their course, a score which is 9.5% better than Russell Group universities on average. The survey also found that 94% of the College’s students were satisfied with the teaching on their course, with 91% satisfied with the learning opportunities offered by the College, 84% satisfied with assessment and feedback, and 90% satisfied with the academic support offered.

Better than Russell Group universities

The College exceeded all members of the elite Russell Group in the following eight out of nine categories, (the NCH score, the nearest Russell Group institution and their score, and the nearest London Russell Group university are shown in parentheses):

  • Teaching (NCH 94%/University of Glasgow 88%/Imperial College London 82%)
  • Learning opportunities (NCH 91%/University of Leeds 86%/Imperial College London 80%)
  • Assessment and feedback (NCH 84%/University of York 75%/Imperial College London 64%)
  • Academic support (NCH 90%/University of York 81%/Imperial College London 75%)
  • Organisation and management (NCH 85%/University of York 81%/Imperial College London 75%)
  • Learning community (NCH 81%/University of Sheffield 78%/Imperial College London 76%)
  • Student voice (NCH 73.33%/Imperial College London 73.23%)
  • Overall Student satisfaction (NCH 92%/University of Leeds 88%/Imperial College London 82%)

These results demonstrate that by offering exceptional higher education in the humanities and social sciences through the provision of smaller teaching groups, including regular one-to-one tutorials, combined with a broader liberal arts-inspired curriculum, the College produces students who are more satisfied than those at top UK universities.

Exceptional achievements

The College’s recent undergraduate results, in which 53% of students achieved a first class honours degree, compared to the national average of 24%, demonstrate the academic effectiveness of its pedagogical approach.

The College’s graduates typically progress to postgraduate study at institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, Edinburgh, Oxford, the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) and University College London (UCL). Those who choose to start their careers achieve graduate roles at the likes of Accenture, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Clifford Chance, Deloitte, INTO University, KPMG, PwC and TeachFirst.

These results demonstrate that as well as being highly satisfied with their student experience, NCH students develop into highly desirable graduates and are in demand from top universities and top employers worldwide.

About the NSS 2018

Published on 27th July 2018, by the Office for Students (OfS) the NSS 2018 is an annual census of over 320,000 primarily undergraduate students across the UK. It runs across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in the UK, and Alternative Providers in England with specific course designation.

It is designed to enable prospective students to compare courses at different institutions when deciding what and where to study, through its results being made available through the Unistats website (which will be updated with the new findings on 30th August 2018).

Read the full NSS 2018 results from the Office for Students (OfS). You will find NCH listed in these results as Tertiary Education Services.