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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Ocean and Earth Science increased satisfaction in their degree programmes in NSS 2015

Published: 12 August 2015
NSS 2015
NSS 2015

Results of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS2015) published today (Wednesday 12th August) show an overall increase in satisfaction levels of students in Ocean and Earth Science.


We are extremely proud of the quality of facilities and learning resources at our Waterfront Campus and are pleased that over 90 per cent of our students agreed or strongly agreed that the learning resources, library and services met their needs. These scores reflect the cutting-edge resources our students have access to – in particular the National Oceanographic Library, our laboratories, ocean technology and fleet of research vessels. For example geology and geophysics achieved 100 per cent for learning resources with marine biology and oceanography scoring 96 per cent.

We also ranked consistently high across all four disciplines for degree programme content being ‘intellectually stimulating’ with 94 per cent in marine biology and oceanography and 93 per cent in geology and geophysics. At programme level 100 per cent of our MSci Oceanography and BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography students were satisfied or very satisfied that their course was intellectually stimulating.


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We were also pleased to see that our students felt that staff ‘were good at explaining things’ and were ‘enthusiastic about their teaching’. For example geoscience achieved 96 and 93 per cent in these areas. At programme level 100% of our BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography were satisfied or very satisfied that staff were good at explaining things on their course.

Over 90 per cent of our students agreed or strongly agreed that they had a good access to specialised equipment and facilities which is again a reflection of the facilities, field trips and boat work we offer our students.

Professor Lisa McNeil, Director of programmes commented ‘These results are an acknowledgment of the high esteem in which our undergraduate students view the ocean and Earth degree programmes offered at University of Southampton and a reflection of the dedication and commitment from our staff in our teaching.’

Ocean and Earth Science is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton which due to its unique positioning and outstanding facilities attracts prominent researchers and educators from around the world. Our students have access to highly equipped laboratories, research ships, ocean technology and opportunities for fieldwork and boat work not traditionally found in standard university environments.

Further results for Ocean and Earth Science NSS 2015 can be found on degree programme pages.

The University of Southampton

The NSS shows that satisfaction amongst Southampton’s students with the overall quality of their undergraduate courses rose from 86 per cent last year to 88 per cent this year. This places the University tenth out of the UK’s 24 Russell Group universities for overall satisfaction, up four places from the previous year.




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