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Ocean and Earth Science National Student Survey 2016 results demonstrate high student satisfaction

Published: 15 August 2016
Students at NOCS
Students at NOCS

Results of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) show excellent satisfaction levels for Ocean and Earth Science degrees at the University of Southampton. Among the categories being rated by final year students, teaching, personal development and learning resources scored highly. The results support Ocean and Earth Science’s status as the leading Marine Science department in the UK (REF2014, Unit of Assessment 7).

The survey demonstrated good levels of student satisfaction with teaching. 100% of BSc Oceanography students and 97% of MSci Marine Biology agreed that ‘the course is intellectually stimulating’, whilst 100% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that ‘staff are good at explaining things’. 92% of MSci Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course. As a result, many students felt they had benefitted from their personal development. MSci Marine Biology scored 97% for personal development and 97% of this group students agreed that ‘my communication skills have improved’.

Learning resources have also been endorsed by this year’s NSS. 95% of MSci Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources. 100% of MSci Marine Biology students and 95% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students and BSc Geology students agreeing that ‘the library resources and services are good enough for my needs’. 95% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that ‘I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to’. Our students learn in our world renowned Waterfront Campus; take a virtual tour here.

Overall course satisfaction rates were high for Ocean and Earth Science, with 100% MSci Marine Biology students satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course; 97% of Oceanography and Marine Biology and 92% of MSci Geology.

 

Photo of Vanessa Phan
One of the things that makes a Geology degree at Southampton stand out is the fact that we go on so many field trips. I particularly enjoyed the Tenerife trip as part of the third year Volcanic and Mantle Processes! The lava flow exposures were really great to see and of course, the weather was lovely to work in!
Vanessa PhanMSci Geology, 2016
Photo of Ben Hannam
My studies and experiences at Southampton shaped my future massively as it gave me the skills employers were looking for.
Ben HannamBSc Geophysics
Photo of Will Harris
Much of what I learned while studying at Southampton applies to my sailing. Weather patterns, ocean currents and seabed topography were just a few of the subjects covered in depth during my time there.
Will HarrisBSc Oceanography with Physical Geography, 2015
Photo of Denise Herrera
The opportunities are phenomenal. The mixture of theoretical and hands on learning is what I think makes this course so much fun and keeps it interesting.
Denise HerreraMSci Marine Biology, 2013

Examples of success- NSS 2016

Geology and Geophysics

Teaching

90% of Geology and Geophysics students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Learning resources

92% of Geology and Geophysics students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

93% of Geology and Geophysics students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

92% of Geology and Geophysics students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

90% of Geology and Geophysics students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to

Oceanography and Marine Biology

Teaching

93% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Learning resources

92% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

95% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

95% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

Personal development

91% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that my communication skills have improved

91% of Oceanography and Marine Biology students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

Overall

90% Oceanography and Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

BSc Geology

Learning resources

91% of BSc Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

95% of BSc Geology students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

91% of BSc Geology students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

MSci Geology

Teaching

92% of MSci Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Learning resources

92% of MSci Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to

Personal development

92% of MSci Geology students agreed that my communication skills have improved

Overall

92% of MSci Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

BSc Oceanography

Teaching

92% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

100% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Academic support

92% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that good advice was available when I needed to make my study choices

Learning resources

92% of BSc Oceanography students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

92% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

92% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

92% of BSc Oceanography students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to

MSci Marine Biology

Teaching

94% of MSci Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course

100% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things

90% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting

90% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

97% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Academic support

90% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that I have been able to contact staff when I needed to

Organisation and management

90% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that the timetable works efficiently as far as my activities are concerned

90% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly

Learning resources

95% of MSci Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources

100% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs

97% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to

Personal development

97% of MSci Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the personal development offered by their course

93% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that the course has helped me to present myself with confidence

97% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that my communication skills have improved

100% of MSci Marine Biology students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

Overall

100% MSci Marine Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course

MSci Marine Biology with Oceanography

Organisation and management

94% of MSci Marine Biology with Oceanography students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively

 

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