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St Andrews top for student experience

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The University of St Andrews is top in the UK for student academic experience, according to the results of The National Student Survey 2020 published today (Wednesday 15 July 2020).

The National Student Survey (NSS) named St Andrews the UK’s top mainstream university, the twelfth time in the past 14 years that the Scottish university has been at the very top of the comprehensive analysis.

A total of 92.7% of St Andrews final year students surveyed gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience. St Andrews was the only mainstream multi-faculty institution to achieve above a 90% satisfaction rating.

Vice-Principal Education (Proctor) Clare Peddie said: “Today’s results are great news for the Scottish higher education sector, with St Andrews among four institutions in the top ten.

“I am delighted by the positive feedback from our student community. This result reflects our commitment to the very highest standards of learning, teaching and student experience.

“By working collaboratively with our students, we continue to develop and deliver an experience that offers the highest quality support, direct contact with some of the best researchers in the world, an international and diverse community, and world-class facilities.

“There is always more we can all do, our positive relationship with our students and desire to provide the very best for our community means we will continue to listen, learn and build on feedback.”

Dan Marshall, President of the Students’ Association, said: “This news is a credit both to the hard work done by the staff at the University and our unique student community. Student satisfaction is incredibly important to us, and the Students’ Association is really looking forward to building on this going forward.”

The NSS 2020 results follow a strong performance by the University in the recently published Complete University Guide 2021 in which the University was named Scotland’s top university and one of the top three in the UK.


Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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