National Student Survey 2021

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.

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), with a particular focus on the sense of community and support for learning at ARU.

On a winning streak

From national awards to innovative start-up ideas, take a look at some of our students' recent successes.

Temitope is Student Nurse of the Year Illustration students shine in national awards Uktarsh wins funding for neuro research initiative

Realising ambitions

Our students display great creativity and commitment, as they gain experience and realise their ambitions.

Social worker Kate takes the apprenticeship route Law students help to provide free legal advice Film students partner with Shakespeare's Globe

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, 68% of our final-year students responded.

Our overall satisfaction score is in line with the England average.

We’re also in the top 25% of mainstream universities for 'Assessment and feedback' and 'Learning community', demonstrating our commitment to provide a fair, supportive and inclusive learning environment. It's fantastic to see that our students:

"If I could highlight one great thing about ARU, it would be my lecturers. They are so passionate and so knowledgeable that it makes it an enjoyable and rewarding experience to learn from them. They are also very good at including both online and face-to-face students in our blended lessons. ARU has really made an effort to ensure that this year [started] off in a way that's just as fun and inclusive as any other."
Laura
BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

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 many fields, and on their own terms. Read just some of their stories of enterprise, courage and dedication.

Kris: building on a strong foundation Bethan: a picture of success Billie Jade: finding my inner confidence
"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.