National Student Survey 2015: 95% satisfaction for the School of Arts, Dance at no.1 nationally, Music at no.2

The National Student SurveyThe School of Arts at the University of Surrey is celebrating excellent results in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), including a score of 95% for overall satisfaction, with Dance and Music reaching no.1 and no.2 in the national subject rankings, respectively.

The School made gains in every one of the survey’s 22 questions, including a score of 99% satisfaction overall in the ‘Teaching on the course’ category.

These achievements build on the School’s excellent rankings in The Guardian University Guide 2016, which placed the University of Surrey 3rd for Drama and Dance and 4th for Music nationally.

Music and Sound Recording, Dance and Theatre

Three programmes – BMus Music, BMus Creative Music Technology, and BA Dance – all scored the maximum 100% for overall satisfaction, making them the top programmes of their type in the UK in the 2015 NSS.

BA Theatre and Performance received overall scores in the 90s for Academic Support, Learning Resources, and Personal Development, together with 98% overall satisfaction for Teaching.

The BMus Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) programme attained an overall satisfaction of 94%, with scores of 100% in 14 of the survey’s 22 questions.

Guildford School of Acting

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) remains one of the top UK drama schools in the 2015 NSS with an overall satisfaction of 90%, including a score of 96% for overall satisfaction for the BA Acting programme.

Across GSA’s three undergraduate programmes in BA Acting, BA Musical Theatre, and BA Professional Production Skills, the survey particularly highlighted strengths in Teaching, Learning Resources, and Personal Development with overall scores of 93%, 94%, and 95%, respectively.

100% of eligible GSA students responded to the survey. Terrie Fender, Head of GSA, said ‘It is thrilling to see the developments of the past few years adding up to such brilliant results. Our facilities at the University of Surrey are second to none and GSA staff and students are at the top of their game. These 2015 NSS results endorse that and are a true celebration of 80 years of world-class training.’

A nationally leading School of Arts

The National Student Survey is an independently conducted annual survey of final-year undergraduate students across the UK, and has become a high-profile measure of student satisfaction nationally since its introduction in 2005.

Professor Andy Lavender, Head of the School of Arts, said that ‘This year’s excellent NSS results across the School of Arts at the University of Surrey is testimony to the great work of staff in the School, including our team of expert associate tutors. It is a privilege to work with colleagues who have shaped a learning environment that is rigorous but also relaxed, and that provides every opportunity for personal growth, flair and creativity. None of this would be possible without a lively and talented group of students – who keep us on our toes as we continue to develop our creative and performing arts portfolio for the next generation.’