100% Student Satisfaction

The College outperforms the UK higher education sector by 16 percentage points, reporting 100% overall student satisfaction against an average in England of 84% for 2019, according to the National Student Survey (NSS 2019).

Better than the Russell Group

For the second year running, New College of the Humanities achieved better student satisfaction scores than every member of the prestigious Russell Group, The College surpassed every Russell Group institution in 24 out of the 27 questions in the NSS, including the all-important overall student satisfaction.

Best Teaching in the UK & London

The College scored first in the UK for quality of teaching in Economics and Philosophy and topped the London list for teaching in Law and Politics at the undergraduate level. The College also boasts the most satisfied History, Law, Philosophy and Politics undergraduate students in London.

The survey, published annually, asks 330,000 UK students to rate their experience at college and university in areas including teaching, academic support, sense of community, and overall course satisfaction. NCH’s results exceeded every individual Russell Group institution in overall satisfaction in 2018 and 2019, where it is 11.5 percentage points above the best performing institution in this group. In 2019, 98% of students at NCH also felt that they were challenged to achieve their best work, 17 percentage points ahead of the best performing Russell Group university.

The percentage of students who agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course” by Russell Group institution is shown below.

  1. New College of the Humanities: 100%
  2. University of York: 88.61%
  3. University of Sheffield: 87.63%
  4. University of Exeter: 87.32%
  5. University of Warwick: 86.9%
  6. University of Glasgow: 86.09%
  7. University of Leeds: 85.71%
  8. University of Birmingham: 85.44%
  9. University of Newcastle Upon Tyne: 85.34%
  10. University of Liverpool: 85.11%
  11. University of Bristol: 85.06%
  12. University of Durham: 85.05%
  13. University of Southampton: 84.71%
  14. Cardiff University: 84.36%
  15. University of Nottingham: 84.28%
  16. University of Manchester: 83.57%
  17. Queen’s University Belfast: 82.89%
  18. Imperial College London: 81.93%
  19. University College London: 81.64%
  20. Queen Mary, University of London: 80.63%
  21. King’s College London: 80.37%
  22. University of Edinburgh: 78.47%
  23. The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE): 77.53%

Read the full NSS 2019 results from the Office for Students (OfS). You’ll find New College of the Humanities listed as NCH at Northeastern. Please note that the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford did not achieve sufficient responses in the NSS and therefore there are no statistics published for their students.


98% of NCH students consider NCH academic staff to be good at explaining things, a key metric for teaching quality, compared to 93% of undergraduates at The University of Leeds, the highest performing Russell Group university in this category. With one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education, you have unrivalled access to academics, carefully selected for their enthusiasm for teaching and their research interest.


100% of NCH students report that they have received helpful comments on their work, versus 85% at the University of York, the highest performing Russell Group university in this category. Through undergraduate one-to-one tutorials, our academics engage and work with you to clarify, challenge, defend and develop the arguments and ideas you express in your essays.


98% of our students stating that academic staff make the subject interesting, versus 86% of students at The University of Leeds, the highest performing Russell Group university in this category.

Graduate employability

‘It wasn’t until the last year of my degree that I realised just how fortunate I’ve been to have to the guidance provided by NCH through the LAUNCH programme. When it came to applying for jobs I had a mentor alongside me for each step, demystifying the interview process so  I felt in control and prepared. Knowing that this support will continue once I’ve left the college is invaluable’. Amy Lynch, History BA with Art History (Lond/NCH, 2017)

The skills acquired through the study of humanities-based subjects are of increasing desire to employers, in the art world and beyond. These skills translate directly to the capabilities needed to perform in jobs at a high level in the professional world and tackle the business challenges of today.

LAUNCH, NCH’s professional development programme, alongside the unique NCH curriculum is not seen at any other university in the UK. It seems obvious to offer a professional skills programme as part of a degree, but NCH has been a trailblazer in putting it into practice. LAUNCH is a cornerstone of the innovative educational experience offered at NCH. Our graduates have gone on to top internships and jobs as well as other leading universities for postgraduate study.