Winning department celebrates National Student Survey prize


The Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) has been celebrating with its students after winning £500 towards its end of year celebrations in the University’s National Student Survey (NSS) competition.

The Department won the prize for the highest NSS response rate after an impressive 88% of final year undergraduate students in CLAS took part in the survey.

It is the second year in a row that CLAS has topped the response rate leader board and more than 50 students joined the celebrations, which took place in the Cypress Building.

The School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology won the prize for the most improved response rate after achieving a 12% increase on last year’s response, and will be spending their prize money on a Graduation celebration in July.

This year the University achieved an overall response rate of 72% in the National Student Survey.

The figure puts the University ahead of the sector average of 71% with ten departments improving on their 2013 response rate and some 96% of eligible subject areas reaching the publication.

Commenting at the event, Head of CLAS Chris Harris, said: “I’m delighted to see our finalists enjoying the food, drink and party time together that they fully deserve. I wish them every success in their exams and their future careers and I want to thank them enormously for their contributions not only to the student experience but also to the staff experience during their time at Liverpool. Tamara Sabri deserves equally warm thanks for organising this excellent event.”

Professor Kelvin Everest, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said: “The National Student Survey is an important indicator of student satisfaction and provides the University with a wealth of data that helps us to enhance the student experience. I’d like to thank everybody who took part.”

Results of the survey are expected to be published in August.

The National Student Survey is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and administered by independent research agency Ipsos MORI. The results provide valuable feedback about various aspects of the student experience and are used by the University and Liverpool Guild of Students to guide improvements and address issues.

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