National Student Survey 2019

At ARU, students are at the heart of our University. And they are remarkable. They may not previously have had the opportunity to demonstrate their potential, to achieve success or really experience the delight of learning. But they do here.

We’re not a conventional university. Nor have we ever been. What matters is what our students are able to achieve when they’re with us – and the positive change they bring to the world as graduates. Inclusivity, student experience, and learning opportunities are key.

And so we're delighted that our final year students have once again rated their educational experience highly in the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

Find your future

Benedict Osei-Boadu

In at the deep end

Succeeding against the odds at ARU

Feed your curiosity

Rosaliyo Samuel

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, 76% of our final year students responded.

Our overall satisfaction score is in line with the England average of 83%. It's also fantastic to see that our students:

'I know that ARU is the place where I can do my best. It is a lovely community to be part of, and coming here is the best decision I ever made.'
Lizzie
BA (Hons) Illustration

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.

Start me up

Graduate launches digital marketing business

Found in translation

The enterprising artist

Illustration student wins Macmillan Prize for first book

What I enjoy most about my role at ARU is encouraging my students to reach their potential and develop their own self-belief.
Dr Michelle Hawkins
Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Applied Nutritional Science

Michelle is one of #OurPeople - read our staff blogs


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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. The figures quoted on this page are based on the initial NSS data published by the Office for Students (OfS).