The Times Higher Education survey placed Teesside at the top of new universities – those created since 1992.
This year’s Student Experience Survey, conducted by market research firm YouthSight, gathered the views of more than 14,000 UK undergraduate students – the largest number to have been polled in the survey to date. Students rated their institution’s performance in 21 categories that matter most to them, from the quality of staff and lectures to social life and accommodation.
Teesside University, which is to undergo a £1.2m library revamp in the summer, came top of all the five North-east universities for the quality of its facilities, while the students’ union featured as the sixth highest ranked in the country.
Teesside University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Henderson, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the university has, once again, performed so well in this significant, and extremely relevant, national survey. Being placed among the highest achieving universities in the country and named as the ‘best new university in the UK’ on the basis of the views of students themselves is a true testament to the enthusiasm, energy and commitment that everyone at the university puts into endeavouring to give our students an excellent all round experience.”
The University of Dundee offers the best overall student experience, according to the survey. Only 10 post-1992 universities were in the top 40, up from six in 2010. Highest scoring was Teesside in joint 15th place, up from 31st last year.
The accolade follows on from success in the Guardian University Guide 2012 when Teesside soared into the top 60 of the national rankings – rising 19 places on the previous year.