National Student Survey 2020

At ARU, students are at the heart of our University. What matters most is what our students are able to achieve when they’re with us – and the positive change they bring to their world as graduates.

For us, inclusivity, student experience and opportunity are key – as is creating inquisitive, imaginative, resilient learners.

Resilience has been more important than ever this year, with COVID-19 demanding huge changes to the way we all live, study and work.

Our students have successfully made the switch to online learning and, in many cases, joined the coronavirus front line themselves. More than 400 nursing and midwifery students have been working in the NHS, including recent graduates and current students undertaking extended placements.

Whether our students have contributed by studying at home or working on the front line, we’re #ARUproud of them all.

In the wake of an extraordinary year, we’re delighted that our final year students have once again rated their educational experience highly in the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

On a winning streak

From national awards to hands-on business experience, take a look at some of our students' recent successes.

Ellan scoops major illustration award Mary is Student Social Worker of the Year Ganesh learns from the best

Making the grade

Our students are regularly recognised for their creativity and commitment, and this year is no exception.

Pedro designs award-winning home office Healthcare students shortlisted for national awards Film students find commercial success

Our students rate their teaching and learning opportunities

Students taking part in the survey are asked a series of questions about aspects of university life, including teaching, assessment and feedback, learning opportunities, and student voice. This year, 71% of our final year students responded.

Our overall satisfaction score is in line with the England average. It's also fantastic to see that our students:

'I am treated as an individual; my lecturers know me, my passions, what I aspire to be.'
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student feedback

We really value the results, as they help us to enhance our students' experience. They also help prospective students to make an informed choice about where they want to study.

Celebrating our students’ successes

We’re extremely proud of our students and their successes. And we’re proud of #OurPeople, too, and the difference that staff are making to our students’ lives.

Graduate success

Our graduates are finding success in business, education, engineering, law, healthcare, and the arts. Read just some of their stories of enterprise and dedication.

Rosaliyo: feed your curiosity Carlos: brewing success Livi: adventures in healthcare
"ARU is truly allowing both the students and myself to follow the ideals that motivated us to study these kinds of courses in the first place - and giving us the chance to save the world."
Dr Dannielle Green
School of Life Sciences
"At ARU you see people from every sort of background and cultures. Importantly, it is what you make of yourself here - on an academic but also a personal level - that counts."
Masoud Hakimi
School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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*A mainstream university is defined as a university in England with a student population over 500, excluding specialist, alternative and further education providers.