[Kealie Mardell | Print Editor]
At the end of September The Times and Sunday Times released the 2015 edition of their Good University Guide. The University of Hertfordshire now ranks in the top 100, climbing 17 places and reaching number 79.
The Good University Guide is often dominated by the older and more prestigious university in the country. Herts ranked 26 out of the 68 modern universities included in the league table.
The Guide is one of the key sources of information for prospective students when applying to universities. Available in both print and digital forms from The Times and The Sunday Times, it gives a comprehensive overview of all the universities and leading colleges of higher education in Britain.
Universities are ranked on criteria such as student satisfaction, graduate prospects, research, facilities and degree results.
Another source of university information comes from the National Student Survey, which gathers opinions from final year students. This information is based on feedback from students and gives a more honest view of their experiences.
This year, the University of Hertfordshire has increased its rating for student satisfaction to 83%, marking its highest score to date. The NSS scores also improved in the areas of teaching, assessment, support, resources, and development.
Hertfordshire Students’ Union increased its student satisfaction score to 70%, ranking it in the top 50 Students’ Unions in the UK.
Giving feedback on your university and experiences is a valuable resource and allows for development to be made in the areas which students feel need improving. This will help future students to have the best possible opportunities made available to them.