When it comes to student feedback, our university stands out. Our students value their time with us, as can be seen from the outcomes of several nationally-recognised student surveys below.  

National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) allows final-year undergraduate students the opportunity to feedback on their study experience. Each year, five million students from universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK are asked for feedback for the National Student Survey, with questions ranging from quality of teaching and learning resources to feedback for assessments.

The most recent survey (2023) shows once again a positive trend for University College Birmingham, ranking 14th nationally (of institutions with at least 500 responses). In all survey themes, we ranked above sector average. This includes: 

  • The teaching on my course 
  • Learning opportunities 
  • Academic support 
  • Assessment and feedback 
  • Learning resources 
  • Organisation and management 
  • Student voice

Highlights of the survey

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We are also delighted that the following University College Birmingham courses received an above sector average positivity score of 85% or more for 'teaching on my course': 

Why are NSS results important?

The results are an important annual marker for all universities as they help to identify what is working well and where improvements are required within an institution. They are also significant for prospective students in deciding where they want to study. We hope our results demonstrate our commitment to your university experience.

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs)

When it comes to student feedback, our university stands out. Students were asked to rate their university experience for the 2023 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, considering what shaped their time at university, and we came out on top!

We not only won the International category at the awards, the only awards in the UK based solely on student choice, but also silver in the University of the Year category, which we won in 2022. In fact, the top three institutions up for University of the year were so close – by less than one point - awards organisers introduced a gold, silver and bronze ranking for the first time in the awards history.

This means we are the highest ranking university in Birmingham and the West Midlands, according to student choice. We also came second in three other categories - Student Support, Facilities and Career Prospects. 

Read about our 2023 win

Read about our 2022 win

Students of University College Birmingham

Postgraduate student experience survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their teaching and learning experience.

In the 2023 survey, University College Birmingham was rated 4th in overall student satisfaction and first for student support and resources.  

We were ranked in the top 10 (from 101 institutions) across all categories, including 1st for ‘Academic Support’, 2nd for Organisation, Highest quartile for Resources, 3rd for Skills Development, 4th for Community, 5th for Assessment, 7th for Teaching and 9th for Engagement. This excellent performance reinforces the university’s high performance in PTES over the last three years. 

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Continuous improvement

As well as taking part in the national surveys, we regularly gather feedback from our students to improve student experience. Our ‘Listening Project’ in 2022-2023 involved over 340 student respondents to co-create actions to enhance the international student experience, academic skills support and development and the choice of food at our restaurants.

We launched a new pre-arrival support pack for international students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, we have embedded more literacy skills within ‘Graduate Advantage’ and modules. We also widened the choice of food offered across our campus and launched cultural food events throughout the year, which students viewed as ‘inclusive and welcoming’.  

We value student feedback and ensure that the student voice is heard throughout the decision-making levels at the University. By working with our Guild, we hope to empower students to make a positive difference to their university experience.  

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Award-winning year on year

We are extremely proud of our departments and students that come together at University College Birmingham and help create our unique student experience. With each passing year, our students and departments outdo themselves, winning awards in their respective industries, both for the University and themselves. Below are just a selection of some of the latest awards and nominations our students and the University have received:

Make the first step

We believe the best way to experience University College Birmingham is by visiting one of our undergraduate open days, where you will get to meet subject lecturers and view our first-class facilities for yourself.

But there is so much more to discover about our student experience – and you can do so right now online. Use the links in the sections below to find out more about the different departments that come together to make student life at University College Birmingham the award-winning experience that it is. 

When you've discovered more about us – and are ready to take the next step – you can register to attend an open day, or apply for your preferred course.

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If you are looking to learn more about our courses, please request a copy of our prospectus.

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