The announcement, revealed further strengthens the University’s position as an internationally renowned institution not only for academic excellence but also student experience.
More than 14,000 students from universities across the country took part in the survey which highlights the institutions that shine in the way they cater for student’s needs. This year the University of Sheffield rose two places beating the University of Bath and the University of East Anglia to the top spot – while the universities of Oxford and Cambridge ranked fourth and sixth place respectively.
In addition to being voted number one overall the University was judged top in a number of attributions which are key individual measures of student experience including: ‘high quality facilities’, ‘good social life’, ‘good accommodation’ and ‘good Students’ Union’.
Students also scored the University highly in the ‘student support’, ‘well-structured courses’ and ‘library services’ categories which demonstrates Sheffield’s progression in a variety of areas over the past year.
These results reaffirm the University of Sheffield as a unique place to study and a global leader in research and teaching, as well as an institution giving students an unrivalled rich experience in a city unlike any other in the UK.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are delighted and humbled that our students have voted us number one for student experience in the UK.
“We already had confidence that we offered students an outstanding education and that this was accompanied by exceptional facilities and extra-curricular activities such as volunteering and the development of enterprise skills. But our students also appreciate the particular care for their interests and well-being which is so central to our culture here in Sheffield.
“Students tell us openly what means most to them. As a University we do our utmost to listen to that, whether that is how we welcome students and help them make the transition from living at home to university life, to the support of academic and personal tutors, exceptional student services and library facilities, and of course our top-rated Students’ Union.”
He added: “This award reflects a genuine partnership between our students and the University. Staff at all levels and in many different roles have a genuine care for students and want to see them thrive during their time with us and beyond into the world of work.
“It is wonderful to know that our students feel that care and believe that it is making a difference. That is a partnership we will never take for granted – I would like to thank all those students who voted for this tremendous encouragement.”
Topping the Times Higher Student Experience Survey is the latest in a huge number of accolades for the Students’ Union including scooping the ‘Internationalising the Student Experience’ category at the National Union of Students (NUS) and UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Internationalisation Awards and the highest possible standard in the Green Impact Students’ Union Programme.
Ally Buckle, President of the University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union said: “Sheffield is a great place to study so it comes as no surprise that our students are amongst the most satisfied in the UK.
“To get number one however is a real accolade and I’m very proud of us for achieving this.
“We must continue to strive for excellence, continually improving the relationship between staff and students and empowering students to become the leaders of the future.