Published: 23 August 2016

Winning departments celebrate with National Student Survey prize

The departments of Politics and Computer Science and the School of Veterinary Science have been celebrating with their students after winning £500 each towards their Graduation celebrations in the University’s National Student Survey (NSS) competition.

The departments won the prizes for having the most improved response rate from 2015 within their respective faculties in this year’s NSS.


Following a vote, students in the Department of Politics opted to celebrate with an end of exams party on the top floor of the Roxby Building where they enjoyed a selection of food and drink to the soundtrack of a collaborative Spotify playlist to reflect on their time at University.

In the School of Veterinary Science, students were treated to some extra special refreshments (see image above) at their Graduation Ball. The Ball, which was held at Thornton Manor, followed the vets’ graduation and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) swearing in ceremonies, and was the culmination of a lot of hard work by the organising committee run by Jessica Dawson, Laura Bland and Katie McCormack.

In the Department of Computer Science, students were treated to a Graduation reception brunch and a photo booth so the students could get some fun snaps with their peers on Graduation day.

This year the University achieved an overall response rate of 76% in the NSS. The figure for participation in the survey is a record high for the University and puts Liverpool ahead of the sector average of 72%.

Dept of politics party

(Image left shows Politics students celebrating at their end of exams party)

The publication of results earlier this month showed that satisfaction at Liverpool has increased to 87% – a 2% increase on last year which places the University above both the sector and Higher Education Institution (HEI) averages.

The University is now ranked 14th in the Russell Group – a rise of five places from last year which sees the University overtake institutions such as the Universities of Southampton and Manchester, as well as Queen Mary University and Imperial College London.

Student satisfaction

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown, said: “A high response rate gives us access to a wealth of data which helps us to focus on the things that will really make a difference, improving our students’ experience.

“This year’s results are a great achievement and mark an obvious step in the right direction for the institution as a whole. Some of our subjects have received extremely positive feedback and clearly deliver an excellent student experience, but we are far from complacent. There is obviously still room for improvement which we will strive to achieve in the coming years and we will be continuing our efforts to ensure that all students at the University benefit from the very best educational environment within which to learn and develop.”

The NSS, commissioned by the Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE), provides feedback about aspects of the student experience and is used by both the University and Guild of Students to help address perceived issues and steer improvements.


Source of statistics: University of Liverpool analysis of unpublished data

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