Swansea triumphs at Whatuni Awards

Published 29/04/2019

Swansea University was named best for international experience at this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards at its annual event in London.

The Welsh university was also selected University of the Year, judged on reviews from more than 41,000 students from the UK’s 160 institutions.

Student satisfaction is up in 2018, said the CEO of IDP Connect, which owns Whatuni.

“Reviews and comments are vital to improving the student experience”

“This year’s strong results are a clear indicator that despite the increasing cost associated with accessing a university education, students recognise and value the opportunities, support and teaching that they receive,” Simon Emmett said.

Overall student satisfaction stood at 80%, with 69 universities registering improved satisfaction ratings from their own students.

This marks the second time in five years which the Welsh university has claimed the top spot.

“This latest outstanding achievement is testament to the exceptional performance of our staff across the University,  and the strength of our relationship with the student body through the Students’ Union,” Paul Boyle, VC Elect of Swansea University said.

“This reinforces our position as a high-performing, global university that delivers top quality teaching, world-leading research, and a superb student experience,” Boyle added.

“As the award is voted for by students, it makes it even more special as they are at the heart of all we do at Swansea.”

Of the 15 categories, eight were won by Welsh universities, continuing to dominate the satisfaction results for the third year in a row.

Welsh universities took the top three places in the International category, with Aberystwyth University and Bangor University coming second and third, respectively, following Swansea’s win.

The University of Swansea revealed plans to open a £45m college for international students on its campus in 2018.

The awards offer a chance for students to “suggest creative and innovative solutions which institutions may not have considered”, Martha Longdon, Student Experience Board Member for the Office for Students and Whatuni Student Advisory Board Member noted.

“Reviews and comments are vital to improving the student experience and provide an invaluable narrative of university life by allowing students to feedback on the issues they care most about,” Longdon said.

Whatuni Student Choice Award winners

University of the Year: Swansea University

Accommodation: Loughborough University

City Life: University of Edinburgh

Clubs & Societies: Bangor University

Course & Lecturers: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

FE College: DN Colleges Group

Independent HE: Norland College

International: Swansea University

Job Prospects: Harper Adams University

Postgraduate: Aberystwyth University

Student Support: Harper Adams University

Students’ Union: University of Sheffield

Uni Facilities: Leeds Arts University

Prospective Student Engagement: Goldsmiths, University of London

Giving Back: Birkbeck, University of London

For the full list of winners, and runners up, click here.

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