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Press Release - 23 August 2006

92% of Bath students would recommend a friend or relative study here

More than nine out of ten students at the University of Bath would recommend that a friend or relative should study here, a survey shows.

Over 2000 students, almost a quarter of the total, responded to a wide-ranging survey in May this year on how they felt about the University.

Of these, 92 per cent said they would recommend the University to a friend, and in almost all the areas the students considered to be very important, the students said they were ‘very satisfied’ with the services they received.

These ranged from the reliability of staff, the development of students’ research skills, the opportunity to go on placements, the extent to which students from all backgrounds were treated equally, the sporting facilities, the Library and access to the Internet.

In most of the 169 areas the students were asked about, they were either “Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” with the University and in only 15 were they either “OK” or “dissatisfied”. The students were mainly undergraduates, but included some postgraduates,

The survey, called the Student Experience Survey, found broadly similar conclusions to a similar one conducted among students in 2003, when only 11 per cent of students took part. Surveys are planned every three years and will help guide University practice.

“This survey is an important part of the University’s commitment to asking its students what they think of what we offer them,” said a University spokesperson.

“The reply has been that they are happy with the teaching they get and the facilities they use in almost all areas. We feel this is one of the reasons Bath is in the top ten of UK universities.

“While this is very welcome, we won’t be sitting on our laurels, but will use the results to try and provide an even better service.”

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