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Chemistry National Student Survey 2016 results demonstrate high student satisfaction

Published: 15 August 2016
The Chemistry Building
The Chemistry Building

Results of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) show excellent satisfaction levels for Chemistry degrees at the University of Southampton. Among the categories being rated by final year students, teaching, personal development, academic support and course organisation and management scored particularly highly.

The results support Chemistry’s ranking as fourth in the Russell Group for teaching (the Guardian, 2017). 100% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that ‘staff are good at explaining things’ and ‘the course is intellectually stimulating’, whilst 96% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that ’staff have made the subject interesting’ and ‘staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching’.

As a result, many students felt they had benefitted from their personal development. 92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that ‘my communication skills have improved’, whilst 92% of BSc Chemistry and MChem Chemistry students agreed that ‘as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems’.

Student satisfaction with academic support and course organisation and management were highlighted through the survey. 100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that ‘I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies’ and 100% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that ‘I have been able to contact staff when I needed to’. 100% of BSc Chemistry and 96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that ‘the course is well organised and is running smoothly’.

For Chemistry overall course satisfaction rates were very high, with 100% of BSc Chemistry students and 96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

 

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“A defining feature of this department is the way in which undergraduates are treated as partners in the learning process, with lecturers willing to take feedback and correction from students in a positive fashion.”

David Beharry - MChem Chemistry with Research placement abroad*
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“At the end of my third year, I secured the opportunity to work with NASA at their Ames Research Centre located in Silicon Valley, California. Southampton was extremely supportive with helping me make this placement a reality.”

Jamie Thompson - BSc Chemistry
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“I was very impressed by the University, I liked the look of the campus and everyone was very friendly.”

Anna Tassie - MChem Chemistry

 

Examples of success- NSS 2016

BSc Chemistry

Teaching

90% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that staff are good at explaining things

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Assessment and feedback

100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair

Academic support

94% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the academic support

100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have been able to contact staff when I needed to

91% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that good advice was available when I needed to make my study choices

Organisation and management

94% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the organisation and management of their course

100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively

100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly

Learning resources

91% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to

Personal development

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that my communication skills have improved

92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

Overall

100% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

 

MChem Chemistry

Teaching

90% of MChem Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course

96% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that staff are good at explaining things

96% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

Academic support

91% of MChem Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the academic support

92% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies

96% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that I have been able to contact staff when I needed to

Personal development

92% of MChem Chemistry students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

 

MChem Chemistry with a six month placement

Teaching

98% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course

100% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that staff are good at explaining things

96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting

96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

100% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Academic support

90% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied with the academic support

100% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that I have been able to contact staff when I needed to

MChem Chemistry with a six month placement scored 93% for organisation and management

91% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that the timetable works efficiently as far as my activities are concerned

91% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively

96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly

Learning resources

90% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to

Personal development

91% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

Overall

96% of MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

 

 

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